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New Zealand opener Colin Munro has returned to the Twenty20 squad for the opening game of the T20 tri-series against Australia on February 3 in Sydney.
Munro missed the deciding Twenty20 International against Pakistan on Sunday as he was nursing a minor hamstring injury.
However, with the 30-year-old having made a full recovery, he is set to feature in the first game of the T20 tri-series, which also features England.
In addition to regaining his spot in New Zealand’s Twenty20 squad, Munro was also bought during the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction over the weekend as he was purchased by the Delhi Daredevils for INR 1.9 crores.
“Colin has been assessed and we’re optimistic he will be fine by Sunday,” national selector Gavin Larsen was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “We’ve seen how big an impact Colin has in white-ball cricket, so we’re looking forward to having him back.”
Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell also found a spot in the side, but pace bowler Lockie Ferguson missed out.
Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner will be New Zealand’s go-to spinners, but given the conditions in Sydney, the Black Caps have two part-time spinners in captain Kane Williamson and Anaru Kitchen.
“Historically we’ve seen that the SCG can spin a little bit, so it’s important that we have options in that area,” Larsen said. “Mitchell and Ish are our key guys, but having the likes of Anaru and Kane to do a job if need be is important as well.”
New Zealand will return home and play the remainder of the T20 tri-series on home soil after their clash with Australia. Given that they have a 10-day break until they take on England in Wellington on February 13, the Black Caps will reassess their squad after the first game.
New Zealand’s squad for first match of the T20 tri-series: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Anaru Kitchen, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler