New Zealand turn to new faces
Teenage pace bowler Adam Milne and 31-year-old wicketkeeper Reece Young are among six uncapped players named in New Zealand’s provisional World Cup squad.
Young and 18-year-old Milne, both of whom were today included in the forthcoming Twenty20 squad against Pakistan, feature in a 30-man party for the showpiece event in the sub-continent early next year.
Rob Nicol, Luke Woodcock, Dean Brownlie and Doug Bracewell - nephew of John Bracewell, who was yesterday installed as coach - are the other new faces in the list.
Injury-plagued all-rounder Jacob Oram has also been selected, although he admits he is considering retiring if he fails to make the cut when the squad is reduced to 15 by January 19.
"A number of uncapped guys who have excelled domestically made the squad," said convenor of selectors Mark Greatbatch.
"We believe it represents the best one-day cricketers we have in New Zealand. There is genuine competition for places as we look to select final 15 for the World Cup and that's exciting."
New Zealand World Cup squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brent Arnel, Hamish Bennett, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Daniel Flynn, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, James Franklin, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Andy McKay, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Shanan Stewart, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock, Reece Young.