New Zealand have handed a recall to Jesse Ryder, naming him in their One-Day International squad to play the West Indies nine months after he was fighting for his life in Christchurch.
He suffered life-threatening injuries after being assaulted in Christchurch in March before making a full recovery.
After marking his first game with new team Otago with a century, he was called up to a New Zealand XI to play the West Indies but he eventually missed out.
Now, however, after scoring 454 first-class runs this season, he has been given an opportunity to add to his 39 ODI appearances.
"Jesse gives us added fire power at the top of the order and he has a proven international record," General Manager National Selection Bruce Edgar said.
Also returning after a lengthy absence is Martin Guptill, who missed the recent tours to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka after undergoing ankle surgery and recovering from a finger fracture.
Missing out to accommodate the returns of Guptill and Ryder are Neil Broom and Hamish Rutherford while Granth Elliott and Tom Latham have also been left out with Brendon McCullum back to captain the side and Ross Taylor, who also missed the Bangladesh series, back as well.
Anton Devcich, who made his debut in Bangladesh is omitted, Rob Nicol and Andrew Ellis all miss out as New Zealand have the luxury of being able to pick what they see as their first-choice squad.
The first of five ODIs is in Auckland on 26th December.
New Zealand ODI squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
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