Nicholls called into NZ one-day squad

“Outstanding” form with the bat has led to Canterbury left-hander Henry Nicholls being named as the new face in the New Zealand one-day squad.

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The 24-year-old has earned his spot through his performances at domestic level over the last 12 months and a standout series for NZ A against Sri Lanka A, says coach Mike Hesson.

Against Sri Lanka A recently, Nicholls scored 210 runs in four limited-overs matches at an average of 84.5. He also has four hundreds and a first-class average of nearly 39 from 34 matches.

“He’s a player we see has class and a player who we want to expose to the international scene sooner rather than later,” Hesson said.

Rookies George Worker (two ODIs), Mitchell Santner (five) and Ish Sodhi (six) have also been named in the squad.

“We’ve got a few new faces so it’ll be nice to expose them around some older heads,” he said. “Hopefully they can prove they ready to go.”

There are five ODIs between the two sides and coach Mike Hesson has named a 13-man squad for the first three, two of which will be played in Christchurch and one in Nelson between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

Quick bowler Matt Henry will be in the squad for the first two matches but will be replaced by Test bowler Tim Southee, following a rest, for the third.

Trent Boult is being rested for the five matches and Grant Elliot and Nathan McCullum are out injured.

Hesson said Nathan McCullum was unlikely to be considered for one-day cricket and because of his back problems was now seen as a Twenty20 option.

Elliott, who suffered a broken wrist in training last month, would likely return for Wellington after Christmas, Hesson said.

Injured allrounders Jimmy Neesham and Corey Anderson are back batting but Hesson said selectors were being cautious about their return to bowling.

Meanwhile, Hesson said 150km/h quick bowler Adam Milne – also named in the squad – was now bowling fast and he hinted about a Test spot eventually.

“We see his batting developing nicely for us and hopefully he’ll get further opportunities there. We see Adam as really good prospect for us in all forms.”

New Zealand squad for first three matches: Brendon McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry/Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Henry Nicolls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, George Worker.

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