Martin Guptill and Colin Munro
Martin Guptill (L) and Colin Munro (AFP Photo)

New Zealand have dropped Colin Munro for the first two matches of a three-ODI series against Bangladesh in a 14-man squad. The series that gets underway from February 13 also sees the return of opener Martin Guptill who missed the ongoing three-match T20I series against India after aggravating a disc in his lower back.

Guptill has recovered enough to be named in the squad but a final call will be taken only after a fitness test on Sunday.

Kane Williamson will lead the team in the first two matches but will be rested for the final game to be played on February 20

If Guptill passes his fitness test, he will open the inning alongside Henry Nicholls, while Munro will return for the third game in place of Williamson.

New Zealand Cricket selector Gavin Larsen said they are aiming to end their white-ball campaign at home on a high with the World Cup looming large. “It’s an exciting time for the players and coaches alike as we look to sign-off our home summer of white-ball cricket. Undoubtedly the World Cup is looming large, but we’re very much focused on the series ahead and the type of cricket we want to play,” Larsen said in a media release on Saturday.

“We’re delighted to have Martin back on the park for this series; he’s a world-class player and an integral part of our one-day side. He and Henry did a good job opening up in Hamilton against India and they’re a combination we want to see some more of in this series, before Colin returns to the top for the third game with Kane resting.”

Talking about the two spinners in the side, Larsen said, “We’ve been really pleased with Mitchell’s (Santner) return after a serious knee surgery last year and we’ll continue to monitor him through the rest of the season. Todd’s (Astle) another who is returning from a knee injury and after getting limited opportunities against India, we’re keen to see more of him in this series.”

Tom Latham, the only specialist wicket-keeper in the squad, will lead the squad in Williamson’s absence.

Full Squad: Kane Williamson (c) [for firs two ODIs], Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Colin Munro (for 3rd ODI)