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Pace trio of Boult, Henry and Ferguson ruled out of India ODIs
New Zealand ODI squad

Pace trio of Boult, Henry and Ferguson ruled out of India ODIs

New Zealand’s bowling stocks will have some hard work to do as Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry will be missing out the three-match ODI series against India starting February 5.

New Zealand's run of form has been affected since the World Cup final against England last year. They lost three Tests on the trot against Australia and recently lost the five-match T20I series against India.

Trent Boult was struck on his hand by a Mitchell Starc bouncer in Australia which ruled him out of contention against India. Lockie Ferguson (calf strain) and Matt Henry (broken thumb), also picked up injuries during the Australia Tests and haven’t recovered in time for the ODIs which start next week.

Kyle Jamieson, who was called up as cover for Lockie Ferguson in the Australia series, has been called up to the ODI squad for the first time while Scott Kuggeleijn and Hamish Bennett have been recalled after last playing ODIs in Ireland in 2017.

Tom Latham, who broke a finger on his right hand while keeping wickets in the final Test at the SCG, has been deemed fit to play the ODIs.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said his side will face a stern test when they face India in the ODI series.

"We've seen from the Twenty20 series (India) are clearly as strong as ever," he said.

"Tim Southee has an important job leading our new look pace attack, which has a huge opportunity against some of the very best batsmen in the world.

"While the bowling line-up has a fresh look, the batting is very settled and we'll likely have the same top eight batsmen from the World Cup finals."

New Zealand squad

Kane Williamson (capt), Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.