Guptill, Ronchi return for South Africa series

Guptill injured his hamstring in the first ODI against Australia on January 30

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New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi have fully recovered from their respective injuries and have subsequently been picked for one-off Twenty20 International and first two ODIs against South Africa.

Guptill had been nursing a hamstring injury, which he suffered in the recent ODI series against Australia, while Ronchi missed that series as a result of a groin injury.

“It will be great to have Luke back in the mix. He’s the number one white-ball wicketkeeper in the country and brings considerable experience to the group,” New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi kept hold of his place in the ODI squad after being called up for the third match against Australia, but batsman Colin Munro was dropped following a string of disappointing performances.

“Colin hasn’t quite shown the consistency he would like in the middle order and we feel Jimmy [Neesham] is deserved of an opportunity with the bat at six,” Larsen said. “Having two frontline spinners in the side gives us flexibility and Ish is an aggressive bowler who in the right conditions can be a real threat for us.”

The one-off Twenty20 International will be held on February 17 in Auckland, while the five-match ODI series gets underway two days later in Hamilton.

New Zealand T20 Squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ben Wheeler

New Zealand ODI Squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor.

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