New Zealand have named uncapped all-rounder Luke Woodcock in their final 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup, with Hamish Bennett and Jacob Oram making returns to the squad following injuries.
New Zealand are placed in Group A alongside Australia, Canada, Pakistan, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and they begin their campaign by taking on Kenya on 20th February in Chennai.
“The squad has an experienced core with James Franklin, Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori all taking part in the 2007 World Cup," selector Mark Greatbatch said.
“It’s great to see the bowling attack bolstered by the return of Jacob Oram and Hamish Bennett who have both been sidelined with injury. Jacob has been a key performer for the BLACKCAPS over a number of years and his experience will be invaluable at the World Cup. Hamish made a good start to his one-day career and deserves the opportunity now that he is fully fit.
“Luke Woodcock has worked hard for his chance after forging an impressive record with Wellington over a number of years. He has a good head on his shoulders and his selection provides the option of playing three spinners which could be useful in the sub-continent.
“We have kept faith with the bulk of the team which played the five match ODI series in India and believe that, despite recent one-day form, the squad is very capable and owe it to themselves and the New Zealand fans to put in a huge performance at the World Cup.”
New Zealand World Cup squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock
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