Worker to open batting, Ferguson makes return to New Zealand ODI squad

Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in the final two ODIs
Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in the final two ODIs
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Auckland seamer Lockie Ferguson has been recalled into New Zealand's One-Day International squad for the upcoming three-match series against West Indies.

The 26-year-old last played for New Zealand in February but has been pushing for a selection with promising performances for Auckland in the domestic circuit. He also claimed a seven-wicket haul in the three-day tour game against West Indies while playing for New Zealand A in Lincoln recently.

Leg-spinner Todd Astle returns to the squad and replaces Ish Sodhi after his recovery from a groin injury while opening batsman Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the series with a hamstring injury. Central Districts batsman George Worker will open the batting in the absence of Guptill.

Kane Williamson and Tim Southee have been selected for the first game in Whangarei but has been rested for the remaining two games in Christchurch. Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in Williamson's absence.

"It's a long summer, so for those guys playing in all three formats it's important we keep them fresh and build depth leading into a world cup year," chief selector Gavin Larsen stressed on the need for proper rest to the players.

"Tim and Kane will both take breaks during this series, but there will be others who will also rest throughout the season."

The three-match series will be played between 20th and 26th December.

New Zealand ODI squad:

Kane Williamson (captain) (1st game), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee (1st game), Ross Taylor, George Worker

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