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Munro likely to open for New Zealand in India

Colin Munro has opened the batting for New Zealand A in their ongoing tour of India
Colin Munro has opened the batting for New Zealand A in their ongoing tour of India

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has indicated that all-rounder Colin Munro might open the batting in the upcoming One-Day International series in India with Tom Latham shifting down the order.

Hesson had already announced a nine-member initial squad with the remaining players to be selected following the conclusion of New Zealand A's tour of India.

Munro, who has been predominantly middle-order batsman for New Zealand has featured in 24 ODIs so far in which he scored 480 runs that included three half-centuries as well.

In the series against India A in Visakhapatnam, the 30-year-old has donned the opening role and Hesson hasn't ruled out of the possibility of trying Munro at the top along with Martin Guptill.

"We need to generate a strike rate at the top of the innings,” Hesson said when asked by reporters in Christchurch about Munro's chances of opening the innings.

"It would be fair to say Martin and Tom, although they have had some really good performances individually, they haven’t really clicked at the top and certainly haven’t generated a strike-rate as a pair that we would like."

George Worker and Glenn Phillips are the other options, who could feature in the Black Caps line-up with the latter even scoring an unbeaten 140 in the second game against India A.

Hesson also affirmed that Latham will be the front-runner to don up the wicket-keeping role following the retirement of Luke Ronchi with Phillips and uncapped Tom Blundell and Tim Siefert also in contention.

"Tom Latham is very much a possibility,” Hesson said.

"We have got three others on the New Zealand ‘A’ tour there so we will have a look at them and make a decision over the next few days.

"But Tom is the most experienced of the keepers. The other three are still developing."

The three match ODI series will be played between 22nd and 29th October following which the teams will compete in three T20Is as well.

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