BLACKCAPS Twenty20 and ODI squads named

Otago Volts opening batsman Hamish Rutherford is the only new cap in the BLACKCAPS Twenty20 and ODI squads named for the ANZ International Series against England starting next week.

Rutherford, 23, has been selected in the squad for the three Twenty20 matches along with his Otago Volts team-mate Ian Butler who returns to the national side.

Canterbury Wizards allrounder Andrew Ellis returns to both squads after an injury saw him miss the recent tour to South Africa, while star batsman Ross Taylor is also back after missing the South African series.

BLACKCAPS Twenty20 squad:

Brendon McCullum (c) - Otago Volts
Trent Boult - Northern Knights
Ian Butler - Otago Volts
Grant Elliott - Wellington Firebirds
Andrew Ellis - Canterbury Wizards
James Franklin - Wellington Firebirds
Martin Guptill - Auckland Aces
Roneel Hira - Canterbury Wizards
Mitchell McClenaghan - Auckland Aces
Nathan McCullum - Otago Volts
Colin Munro - Auckland Aces
Hamish Rutherford - Otago Volts
Ross Taylor - Central Stags

BLACKCAPS ODI squad:

Brendon McCullum (c) - Otago Volts
Trent Boult - Northern Knights
Grant Elliott - Wellington Firebirds
Andrew Ellis - Canterbury Wizards
James Franklin - Wellington Firebirds
Martin Guptill - Auckland Aces
Mitchell McClenaghan - Auckland Aces
Nathan McCullum - Otago Volts
Kyle Mills - Auckland Aces
Colin Munro - Auckland Aces
Ross Taylor - Central Stags
BJ Watling - Northern Knights
Kane Williamson - Northern Knights


General Manager National Selection Kim Littlejohn said the selectors were keen to deliver stability in their selections following the South African tour.

“There are a couple of changes that have been forced through injury but essentially we want to be seen to provide continuity from one series to the next.”

“We are however looking at developing talented youngsters and finding a new crop of allrounders in our build-up to the Champions Trophy in June and the 2015 Cricket World Cup.”

Rutherford is one of those youngsters with Littlejohn saying he had shown good form in the HRV Cup and the New Zealand A v India A series in September last year.

Wellington Firebirds’ Grant Elliott, who performed well in the history-making ODI series win in South Africa, replaces Corey Anderson who is unavailable due to a fractured thumb. Tim Southee, not considered for selection as he is still recovering from thumb surgery, will be monitored and assessed throughout the summer.

BLACKCAPS head coach Mike Hesson said it was great to have Ellis and Taylor back in the team alongside youngsters like Rutherford.

“Andrew proved his worth with the team last summer while Ross is a world-class batsman who is a key part of this BLACKCAPS side,” said Hesson.

“Hamish has shown he is an explosive batsman and we hope he can bring that form to the BLACKCAPS.”

The ANZ International Series starts next Saturday (9 February) with the opening Twenty20 match at Auckland’s Eden Park.

For the full ANZ International Series schedule go to http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/schedule/the-anz-series-v-england/130/series.aspx

Ellis, Munro, Taylor, Rutherford and Butler have been named in the New Zealand XI to play two warm-up matches in Whangarei on Monday and Wednesday.

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