29 Jan 2019

Neesham and Astle return to Black Caps squad

6:29 am on 29 January 2019

Jimmy Neesham and Todd Astle have been recalled to the Black Caps one-day squad, after proving their fitness in the the domestic T20 competition.

Blackcaps' James Neesham plays a shot during the first ODI cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Bay Oval 2018.


Neesham replaces fellow all-rounder Doug Bracewell, while Astle comes in for Ish Sodhi as the leg-spinner for the final two ODIs against India.

Neesham played in the three-game ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this month before missing the one-off T20 International with a grade-one hamstring strain.

Astle was included in the ODI squad to play Pakistan in November, but was ruled out of the tour before the first match with a knee injury.

Selector Gavin Larsen said they aim to give opportunities to different players.

Todd Astle

Todd Astle Photo: Photosport

"Doug and Ish have been two of the brighter spots of the ODI series so far and we've been encouraged by their performances against a quality Indian side.

"It's great to welcome back the all-round skills of Jimmy and Todd and we're looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the series.

"We're still looking to keep our options open with selections at this stage and ensure we continue to learn as much as we can about our players."

Bracewell and Sodhi will be available to play for Central Districtsand Northern Districts respectively in the upcoming rounds of the New Zealand T20 competition.

BLACKCAPS ODI squad for games 4 and 5 vs India

Kane Williamson (c)

Todd Astle

Trent Boult

Colin de Grandhomme

Lockie Ferguson

Martin Guptill

Matt Henry

Tom Latham (wk)

Colin Munro

Jimmy Neesham

Henry Nicholls

Mitchell Santner

Tim Southee

Ross Taylor