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by Alastair Symondson Thursday 8 January 2015
All-rounder Grant Elliott and fast bowler Adam Milne have been included in New Zealand's 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup 2015, which they co-host with Australia.
Elliott played in the ODI series in Sri Lanka late last year but was not part of the squad that headed to the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan.
Milne has won his place in the squad which leaves the likes of Andrew Ellis and Matt Henry on the sidelines with the Black Caps boasting several fast bowlers to choose from.
Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills and Tim Southee are the other quicks in the squad.
Mills and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori add considerable experience to the group of players that will begin their tournament against Sri Lanka on 14th February.
Batsman Elliott takes his place alongside Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, captain Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson.
Corey Anderson and Nathan McCullum are all-rounders and Luke Ronchi the specialist wicket-keeper, although if needed Latham or Brendon McCullum would be expected to deputise.
New Zealand also play Scotland, England, Australia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Pool A.
"There were some hard decisions to make, but we’re pleased with the overall 15 we’ve chosen," said head coach Mike Hesson."A lot of bowlers have performed brilliantly for us over the past couple of seasons, which certainly made it difficult, but we think we have the right mix."Our batting unit has good depth and Grant’s inclusion assures us strong cover in the middle order. He brings a lot of experience and his record in New Zealand and Australia conditions is excellent."
From the squad that won 3-2 against Pakistan, Dean Brownlie, Anton Devcich and James Neesham have missed out on selection, as well as Henry.
Boult, Brendon McCullum and Southee were rested from that series and are back in the World Cup squad.
New Zealand World Cup squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson
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