Munro dropped for ODI series against India

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Munro is seen as more of a Twenty20 specialist

New Zealand batsman Colin Munro has been dropped for the upcoming ODI series against India in favour of pace bowler Tim Southee, who has been recovering from a toe injury.

New Zealand national selector Bruce Edgar noted that the rest of the squad had been retained due to their impressive performance against the West Indies.

“It was pleasing to see every player stand up at some stage of that series and there were some simply outstanding efforts headlined by Corey Anderson’s world-record one-day ton,” Edgar said.

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson admitted that the Black Caps will be pushed to their limits during the ODI series against India.

“We know we’ll have to play out of our skins, and outmatch them player for player to be competitive against such a powerful side,” Hesson said. “But we showed against the West Indies that we can play extremely well on our day and are capable of beating any side.

“Matching yourself against the best in the world is what you play international cricket for and I know the guys are buzzing about this opportunity. “It’s also an important part of our build-up for next year’s World Cup where India are the defending champions.”

New Zealand ODI Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson

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