Ross Taylor    AFP
Ross Taylor AFP

After a narrow defeat against India in ODIs, New Zealand are all set to face the hosts in three-match T20I Internationals. The series begins November 1. Unfortunately, New Zealand will continue to remain without the services of leg-spin-bowling all-rounder Todd Astle for the T20Is as well. Astle has been replaced by Ross Taylor following the latter s remarkable performance in the ODIs. In the just-concluded ODI series, Taylor finished with a tally of 155 runs. Taylor will return to the shortest format after March 2016.

Mike Hesson on Taylor s return: Ross is in good form as well. He gives us another option through the middle order. It’s a real shame for Todd, but it will be nice to have Ross’ experience in the group.

Maintaining top tag: New Zealand will begin the series as the No. 1 side in T20Is. The visitors also have a good record over India winning all their matches in this format so far, except for one that was called off due to rain. Hesson is hopeful to maintain the record against India: We’re No. 1 in the world at the moment. We’ve got the bulk of the squad we’ve had for a while with some fresh and exciting faces as well. Once again, it’s a tough challenge here playing India in India.

New Zealand T20I squad: Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro.