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New Zealand include Neesham, Astle for remaining two ODIs
India tour of New Zealand

New Zealand include Neesham, Astle for remaining two ODIs

New Zealand have roped in all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and leg-spinner Todd Astle for the remaining two one-day internationals against India, after losing a third consecutive game in Mount Maunganui on Monday.

However, they have decided to persist with openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, who have both struggled for runs.

India took an unassailable lead in the series as they handed New Zealand a seven wicket defeat with seven overs to spare.

Neesham returns to the side to replace all-rounder Doug Bracewell, while Astle comes in for Ish Sodhi as the leg-spinner.

Astle, who has recovered from a knee injury which forced him out of New Zealand's series against Pakistan in November, is also a capable lower order batsman in a side struggling for runs.

Neesham stood out with bat and ball against Sri Lanka earlier this month but was sidelined from the start of the India series following a hamstring strain.

"It's great to welcome back the all-round skills of Jimmy and Todd and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the series," selector Gavin Larsen said, as New Zealand works towards finalising its World Cup squad.

"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."

New Zealand squad

Kane Williamson (pact), 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