Andrew Ellis replaces injured Dean Brownlie for T20s

New Zealand’s Andrew Ellis made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe last Friday Getty Images

Wellington: Feb 9, 2012

Allrounder Andrew Ellis has been called into the New Zealand Twenty20 cricket squad against Zimbabwe to replace the injured Dean Brownlie.

Ellis made his Black Caps debut in the first one-day international against Zimbabwe last Friday and has gone on to be selected in all three matches in that series.

Coach John Wright said that Ellis deserves to be included in the T20 squad after good performances in the domestic competition and also showing promise at one-day level.

“We would like to give Andrew the opportunity to show us his hitting power as he hasn’t had the chance to spend a lot of time at the crease in this series,” Wright said.

The two T20 internationals will be in Auckland on Saturday and Hamilton on Tuesday.

Brownlie fractured a finger while fielding in the second ODI in Whangarei.

He is likely to be out for the month, meaning he will also miss both the ODI and T20 series against South Africa. (Agencies)

Squad for Twenty20:

Brendon McCullum (captain), Michael Bates, Doug Bracewell, Andrew Ellis, Colin de Grandhomme, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson.