Elliott Replaces Anderson In New Zealand ODI Squad
Experienced all-rounder Grant Elliott has been called up to replace Corey Anderson in New Zealand's One-Day International squad.
Anderson has suffered a fracture to his left thumb and will play no part in the three-match series with South Africa, which gets underway on 19th January in Paarl.
Elliott, 32, was born in South Africa and represented South Africa Under-19s before moving to New Zealand, for whom he first played in 2008.
He subsequently played five Tests, 37 ODIs and a Twenty20 International although his last appearance came in India in 2010.
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Commenting on the change to the squad, head coach Mike Hesson said: "With the injury to Corey Anderson we decided to replace him with another batting all-rounder in Grant Elliott.
"Grant comes into the squad with invaluable knowledge and experience of South African conditions."
Anderson was one of five uncapped players - along with Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ronnie Hira and Jimmy Neesham - in the ODI squad who also featured in the Twenty20 International series which got the tour underway, South Africa winning 2-1.
Elliott helped New Zealand to the final of the 2009 Champions Trophy, held in South Africa although his one and only ODI against South Africa came during that tournament; South Africa won by five wickets despite Elliott making 39.
New Zealand ODI squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Rob Nicol, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson
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