22 Feb 2018

Sodhi called into ODI squad

6:10 am on 22 February 2018

Northern Districts leg spinner Ish Sodhi has earned a recall to the Black Caps One Day International squad for the first two matches against England in their upcoming series.

Ish Sodhi celebrates the wicket of Steve Smith in the Chappell-Hadlee series decider at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 8 February 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Ish Sodhi celebrates the wicket of Steve Smith Photo: Photosport

Sodhi has been in fine form in the shortest format of the game against Australia and England in the recent Tri Series, he'll join Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle as the three specialist spinners in the 14-man squad.

Both Santner (knee) and Astle (side) have been sidelined by injury lately.

Sodhi's inclusion is the only change in the squad that faced Pakistan last month.

Black Caps setector Gavin Larsen said the ODI team had been settled so far this summer.

"Both Mitchell and Todd have had injury concerns recently, so having Ish travel with us gives further options in the spin department," said Larsen.

"Having won the previous eight matches, we've been able to keep good consistency in selection with our ODI squad.

"We still have a number of guys pushing their case in domestic cricket and that's pleasing, but this is the squad for the first two matches of the series."

The Black Caps head to Hamilton today ahead of their first match on Sunday at Seddon Park.

Black Caps ODI squad

Kane Williamson (c) - Northern Districts

Todd Astle - Canterbury

Trent Boult - Northern Districts

Lockie Ferguson - Auckland

Colin de Grandhomme - Auckland

Martin Guptill - Auckland

Matt Henry - Canterbury

Tom Latham - Canterbury

Colin Munro - Auckland

Henry Nicholls - Canterbury

Mitchell Santner - Northern Districts

Ish Sodhi - Northern Districts

Tim Southee - Northern Districts

Ross Taylor - Central Districts