Fit-again Tim Southee in New Zealand ODI squad to face India

Tim Southee will spearhead the Kiwi attack in the five-match ODI series starting in Napier on January 19.

updated: January 15, 2014 13:59 IST
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Pacer Tim Southee has been included in New Zealand's 13-man squad for the five ODI series against India, starting January 19. Southee missed the first three ODIs of the five-match series against West Indies with a toe injury but recovered to play the final two games. He replaces batsman Colin Munro in the squad.

Brendon McCullum will lead the side which also includes Ross Taylor, opener Jesse Ryder and all-rounder Corey Anderson. (Related: Anderson slams fastest-ever ODI ton) Southee will lead the pace attack alongside the experienced Kyle Mills, ODI sensation Mitchell McClenaghan, James Neesham and Adam Milne. Nathan McCullum is the only spinner in the squad.

Bruce Edgar, New Zealand's chief selector, said the current squad had been retained as a reward for its good performance against the West Indies. "It was pleasing to see every player stand up at some stage of that series," Edgar said. "There were some simply outstanding efforts headlined by Corey Anderson's world-record one-day ton." The just-concluded series versus the Caribbeans ended 2-2.

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