Central Districts batsman Peter Ingram and Wellington left-arm quick Andy McKay have been given call-ups as New Zealand named their One-Day International and Twenty20 International squads to play Bangladesh next month.
Ingram, who has been in excellent form this season, is named in both squads while McKay is named in the squad for the One-Day International series only, which begins in Napier on 5th February. The Twenty20 game is in Hamilton two days earlier.
In eight State Shield matches this season, Ingram scored 344 runs at 49.14 and he averages 56.09 in the State Championship although just 7.60 in the HRV Cup while McKay, who has also represented Auckland, has played just 14 one-day games in his career, taking 20 wickets at 28.85 with two four-wicket hauls, 11 of his wickets coming this season.
“We have picked two sides for Bangladesh, but our mid to long-term focus is on the two World Cup campaigns. This year’s T20 and next year’s ODI World Cup,” selector Mark Greatbatch told www.blackcaps.co.nz.
“A number of players who have missed out on these teams are definitely still in the mix for those tournaments and for the the up-coming series against Australia.
“Peter has been scoring a lot of runs across all forms of the game. We wanted to give him an opportunity against Bangladesh. It is exciting for him and good reward for some very good performances over a couple of seasons.
“Similarly, Andrew has been impressing around the traps for a while, with Auckland and latterly with Wellington. He has some good pace about him and we wanted to give him a chance at the next level up.”
For the selectors, this was an ideal chance to experiment with Bangladesh the weakest team in Test cricket and the Black Caps unable to call on Shane Bond, Grant Elliott, Kyle Mills or Jesse Ryder, who are all unavailable due to injury.
New Zealand Twenty20 squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum, Peter Ingram, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, James Franklin, Gareth Hopkins, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Ian Butler, Daryl Tuffey, Tim Southee
New Zealand ODI squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum, Peter Ingram, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Ian Butler, Daryl Tuffey, Tim Southee, Andrew McKay
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