India vs New Zealand 2019 | 4th ODI |
New Zealand Cricket Team. Credit: Getty Images

Last Update on: January 28th, 2019 at 04:19 pm

After the poor display of cricket in the recently concluded three ODI games, the hosts New Zealand added a couple of players to their squad. They asked Jimmy Neesham and Todd Astle, who were injured while picking the squad for first three ODI games, to represent Nation in the final two matches, as they were recovered well.

Meanwhile, the all-rounder Doug Bracewell, who was decent in his performance against Indians was removed from the team alongside under-performed Ish Sodhi. The duo will have some domestic cricket in order to make a comeback.

Jimmy Neesham performed well against Sri Lanka:

Jimmy Neesham and Todd Astle were in excellent form in their assigned roles. But, unfortunately, just ahead of the India series, the duo picked up injuries, which saw them staying away from the team. However, they have made a good return to domestic cricket and proved their fitness to join the squad for the final Two games.

Todd Astle, Jimmy Neesham, India vs New Zealand 2019
Todd Astle (Credits: AFP)

Speaking of the latest inclusions, Larsen quoted that the exclusion of Ish Sodhi and Doug Bracewell is just to give a chance for Neesham and Astle to show their mettle. They want to keep their options open before heading into the ICC World Cup 2019.

We want to keep our options open – Larsen

Further, he added that it is the time for the youngsters to show their resilience and perform in the final Two ODI games. They have already lost the series and it is a matter of pride for them in a final couple of games.

“Doug and Ish have been two of the brighter spots of the ODI series so far and we’ve been encouraged by their performances against a quality Indian side,” said Larsen to the reporters while announcing the squad for final two games.

Todd Astle, Jimmy Neesham, India vs New Zealand 2019
Jimmy Neesham. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

“It’s great to welcome back the all-around skills of Jimmy and Todd and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the series. We’re still looking to keep our options open with selections at this stage and ensure we continue to learn as much as we can about our players,” he inferred.

Meanwhile, Ish Sodhi will join Northern Districts while Doug Bracewell will be available for Central Districts in the super smash tournament.

Here is the squad:

Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

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