New Zealand recall 'world-class' Martin Guptill for first 2 ODIs vs Pakistan

Guptill will replace Worker in the side

Guptill will replace Worker in the side

However, he has regained fitness and is now part of the national team for the ongoing T20I series against West Indies.

New Zealand have named a thirteen-man squad for the first two of their upcoming five ODIs against Pakistan at home.

Guptill has been one of New Zealand's best performers for almost a decade now but he was not missed much in the last series, with incoming rookie George Worker impressing with his two half-centuries in three games. George Worker, who played reasonably well against the Windies, unfortunately, couldn't find a place in the squad. "He and Colin [Munro] have been strong for us at the top of the order". However, he returned to the squad for the three T20 games though he scored only a run-a-ball 5 in the first T20.

"It's tough on George missing out, but he'll continue to push for selection and will get further opportunities down the road", New Zealand's national selector Gavin Larsen was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

In other selection updates, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has missed out on selection after not being a part of the squad for all the limited-overs squads for the West Indies series either. Astle, who made his ODI debut against West Indies, picked up four wickets in three matches along with a career-best 49 from No. 7 in a match-turning partnership.

Allrounders Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner both feature in the 13 man squad, with Martin Guptill also returning to the side.

"Todd made the most of his opportunity against the West Indies and made a strong contribution with both bat and ball". "Mitchell has been one of our most consistent white-ball bowlers for a long time now, as can be seen by him being ranked in the top 10 ODI bowlers in the world".

"Conditions will dictate whether they play in the same 11, but it's certainly not out of the question".

Santner, on the other hand, has become a mainstay in this New Zealand side and is nearly certain of starting the five-match series' first game at Wellington on January 9.

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