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New Zealand recall Ish Sodhi for series decider against Australia

Ish Sodhi (centre) recently picked a six-wicket haul in Big Bash League
Ish Sodhi (centre) recently picked a six-wicket haul in Big Bash League

New Zealand have drafted Auckland leg-spinner Ish Sodhi for the third and decisive One-Day International against Australia in Hamilton that begins on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has been a prominent member in the Twenty20 International squad but last played an ODI for Black Caps in October last year.

Despite, picking his career best figure in T20 game for Adelaide Strikers in the recently concluded Big Bash League, Sodhi was overlooked for the first two games of the series but now has replaced back-up wicket-keeper Tom Blundell in the squad.

New Zealand national selector Gavin Larsen justified the decision to include Sodhi for the Hamilton game as the conditions are expected to aid the spinners.

"History shows that the Seddon Park pitch can be spin friendly and for that reason Ish has been brought into the squad.

"We wanted the option of two specialist spinners for this match and it's a venue that Ish has had some success in at in the past. Mike [Hesson] and Kane [Williamson] will now get the opportunity to assess the pitch over the next couple of days and make a decision from there as to who will be in the playing eleven."

Meanwhile, opening batsman Martin Guptill, who was earlier ruled out of the Napier game remains uncertain for the final game as well allowing his replacement Dean Brownline to remain with the squad.

"Martin has made progress in the last couple of days, but it's not yet clear whether he'll be available for selection. At this stage it's probably 50-50," said Larsen.

Having taken an unassailable lead of 1-0, New Zealand will look to wrap up the series in the final game in Hamilton.

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