Munro, Watling back in ODI squad

Munro is set to play his first ODI since August 2015

Munro is set to play his first ODI since August 2015

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New Zealand batsman Colin Munro and wicketkeeper BJ Watling have been included in the ODI squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Munro last played an ODI in August last year, but secured a spot for himself on the roster on the back of two explosive half-centuries in the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Munro broke the record for the fastest Twenty20 International fifty by a New Zealand batsman in the second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka as it took him just 14 balls to reach the milestone. He followed that up with a 27-ball 56 in the first Twenty20 International against Pakistan on January 15.

“Colin was impressive with the bat during the recent Twenty20 series, but he’s also selected on his ability to give us another option with the ball,” New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said.

Watling meanwhile has not played ODI cricket since February 2013, but he will only feature in the last two matches as regular keeper Luke Ronchi has been given “a week off ahead of a busy upcoming schedule”.

“We’ve talked about the importance of creating depth in all positions and bringing BJ into the side for the second and third ODI will give him some time against the white ball,” Hesson said.

Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott have also made comebacks in the side, with the former having recovered from a back injury and the latter from a broken arm.

“With Grant and Corey coming back into the squad, our middle-order has a lot of experience and looks similar to the one we took into last year’s World Cup,” Hesson said.

New Zealand have also opted to stick with Mitchell Santner as their lone spinner, with Hesson saying: “With the pitches we’re playing on we’ve opted for the one spin option. It gives Mitch Santner more responsibility as he’ll likely be asked to bowl more overs, which will be a good opportunity for his development.”

Batsman Ross Taylor and pace bowler Tim Southee have been ruled out of the series with an oblique side strain and foot injury respectively. Captain Brendon McCullum is expected to return for the third match as he is nearing full fitness from a back injury.

New Zealand ODI squad: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Kane Williamson, Luke Ronchi (first ODI), BJ Watling (second and third ODI), Tom Latham (first two ODIs), Brendon McCullum (third ODI)

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