The New Zealand squad for India has just had a major shake-up with veteran allrounder Scott Styris making a return to the side for the five-match one-day series against India beginning on November 28. Styris who missed the Bangladesh tour due to an injury will be joining the team soon after the last Test at Nagpur. Styris has a batting average of 32.70 in one-dayers, amassing over 4,000 runs in 146 innings. His bowling average though, is less impressive at 34.87 with him taking 128 wickets in 147 innings.
Also in the side is Test top-order batsman Martin Guptill who too was left out of the Bangladesh squad. The Kiwi batting order will have an returning batsman in Jamir How who plays for Central Districts back in New Zealand. Additionally, Test wicket keeper Gareth Hopkins retains his place in the 15-member squad as a back-up for Brendon McCullum.
Two players who will miss out in the upcoming series will be Hamish Bennett who had an inauspicious debut at the Motera test earlier this month, during which he had to pull out due to a groin injury, and Canterbury batsman Shanan Stewart who failed in Bangladesh with an average of 6.50.
The 29-year-old How played the last of his 31 ODIs nearly two years ago, but scored plenty of runs for Central Districts in the Champions League T20 in September and for New Zealand A on the tour of Zimbabwe last month.
"We have kept faith with the bulk of the squad who played in the disappointing tour of Bangladesh and who have performed well in the current Test series against India," coach and selector, Mark Greatbatch, said. "The squad sees the return of Jamie How who deserves his opportunity after impressing the selectors for some time. We feel one-day cricket is the format for him to return to international cricket."
The imminent ODI series against India will ne New Zealand's first outing in the format since their 0-4 drubbing at the hands of the Bangladeshis last month.
Squad: Daniel Vettori (capt), Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum (wk), Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey, Kane Williamson