New Zealand batting all-rounder James Neesham has made a comeback in the T20 as they announced a 13-member squad for their upcoming one-off T20 match against Sri Lanka on January 11. The development came after the left-hand batsman smashed five sixes in an over against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international of their ongoing three-match series. Also Read - Ajinkya Rahane's Inspirational Speech After Historic Series Win Over Australia Goes Viral, Says It's a Massive, Massive Moment For us | WATCH VIDEO
The recently-announced squad also saw the return of bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner who booked his spot in the team after giving an impressive performance in New Zealand’s domestic T20 tournaments. With pacer Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme being rested, right-arm fast bowler Scott Kuggeleijn has got his maiden call for the national team. Also Read - SL vs ENG Highlights, 2nd Test Report: Angelo Mathews Century Puts Sri Lanka Ahead vs England on Day 1
New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said that it is a great opportunity for the young players to prove their abilities. Also Read - IND vs AUS 2021: Bharat Arun Reveals Team India's Success Mantra Against Australia, Credits Neil Wagner For Inspiring Them to Bowl Short
“It’s nice to have the luxury of freshening-up a few of our key guys following a long tour of the UAE and a fast transition into the home summer. That presents a great opportunity for the likes of Henry, Scott, and Jimmy – who have all been performing strongly for their respective teams recently and deserve their chances should they come,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Larsen, as saying.
All-rounder Corey Anderson was not considered for the selections as he is not fully fit.
Following is the full New Zealand squad for one-off T20 against Sri Lanka:
Tim Southee (capt), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor.