Colin de Grandhomme returns to New Zealand squad for final three ODIs

Colin de Grandomme missed the series against West Indies and the first two games against Pakistan
Colin de Grandomme missed the series against West Indies and the first two games against Pakistan
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New Zealand have recalled all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme in the One-Day International squad for the final three games against Pakistan in the ongoing series.

The 31-year-old missed the ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies and also the first two games against Pakistan following the sudden death of his father in Zimbabwe but made a return for his Super Smash side Auckland Aces in last weekend's game against Northern Districts.

De Grandhomme will replace George Worker in the squad and chief selector Gavin Larsen admitted that it was a tough decision to leave the latter, who scored two fifties from three ODIs against West Indies.

"It's been a difficult time for Colin and I know the group are excited to catch up with him. Everyone has been thinking of him while he's been away," said Larsen.

"Colin has been effective for us with bat and ball and provides another all-rounder option."

New Zealand currently have a 2-0 lead in the series with the third game scheduled to be played in Dunedin on Saturday.

New Zealand squad for final three games against Pakistan:

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

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