BLACKCAPS announce 14-player ODI squad

New Zealand Cricket has today announced the BLACKCAPS One Day International squad to play South Africa in the three match National Bank Series starting 25 February 2012.

Brendon McCullum (c) – Otago Volts
Michael Bates – Auckland Aces
Doug Bracewell – Central Stags
Andrew Ellis – Canterbury Wizards
James Franklin – Wellington Firebirds
Martin Guptill – Auckland Aces
Nathan McCullum – Otago Volts
Andrew McKay – Wellington Firebirds
Kyle Mills – Auckland Aces
Tarun Nethula – Central Stags
Rob Nicol – Canterbury Wizards
Jesse Ryder – Wellington Firebirds
Tim Southee – Northern Knights
Kane Williamson – Northern Knights

From the ODI squad that played Zimbabwe Dean Brownlie and Jacob Oram miss out through injury while Tom Latham was not selected. Jesse Ryder, Andy McKay and James Franklin all return to the squad.

National Selection Manager Kim Littlejohn said: “The squad has a talented mix of experienced internationals and proven performers from domestic cricket.

“We decided to leave Tom out of the side.  We are a pleased with his first stint at international level but in terms of his overall development felt it was best for him to return to domestic cricket.  He remains in our thinking for the future.

“James has been in good touch during the current Twenty20 series while Jesse has been shown that he is ready for a return to top level cricket.

“Andy McKay bolsters the bowling attack and deserves his spot after putting in consistent performances across the summer.

The BLACKCAPS squad will assemble in Wellington on Thursday 23 February ahead of The National Bank Series ODI opener at Westpac Stadium Saturday.

The National Bank Twenty20 Series v South Africa

17/02/2012 - First T20, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - 7.00pm
19/02/2012 - Second T20, Seddon Park, Hamilton - 7.00pm
22/02/2012 - Third T20, Eden Park, Auckland - 7.00pm

25/02/2012 - First ODI, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - 2.00pm
29/02/2012 - Second ODI, McLean Park, Napier - 2.00pm
3/03/2012 - Third ODI, Eden Park, Auckland - 2.00pm

7/03/2012 - First Test, University Oval, Dunedin
15/03/2012 - Second Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton - 10.30am
23/03/2012- Third Test, Hawkins Basin Reserve, Wellington - 10.30am

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