Another day. Another series. Another injury. The injury affected tale of New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson continues at the international arena! He has now been ruled out of the 3-match ODI series against Pakistan with the same heel injury that kept him out of the third and final T20I of the recently concluded series against Pakistan.
Corey who is now on his way back to New Zealand last appeared for NZ in ODIs during the Champions Trophy last year which was played in England. He made his international comeback with the 3-match T20I series against Pakistan which New Zealand lost 0-3.
Meanwhile, New Zealand are also awaiting on the fitness of their leg-spinner Todd Astle who is currently experiencing knee trouble. Management made it clear that Astle is certain to miss the 1st ODI of the 3-match series against Pakistan on Wednesday (Nov 07) in Abu Dhabi. He will be further assessed to make sure if he can take part in the remainder of the ongoing tour.
“Todd’s [Astle] made good progress over the past couple of days and with his involvement in both the ODI and Test squads; we’re keen to give him every chance to be right,” said New Zealand coach Gary Stead.
New Zealand have added left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel to the ODI squad as cover for Astle. Ajaz made his international debut for New Zealand in the recently concluded T20I series against Pakistan and looks set for another opportunity in the ODI series. “It does present another opportunity for Ajaz. He’s impressed us during the UAE tour so far and we have full confidence he can do a job for this team in the 50-over format,” Stead said.
The first two ODIs between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played in Abu Dhabi (Nov 07 and Nov 09) while the final ODI of the 3-match series will be played in Dubai (Nov 11).
New Zealand squad for three ODIs against Pakistan in UAE: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling and George Worker.
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