Skipper Brendon McCullum will look to sign out on a winning note © Getty Images
Skipper Brendon McCullum will look to sign out on a winning note © Getty Images

Brendon McCullum, who was temporarily away from the national side owing to a back injury, is set to return to the squad as skipper for what will be his last One-Day International (ODI) series. It will be the important Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia that will feature three ODIs. New Zealand have named a 13-man squad which will be taken into battle by captain McCullum. This being McCullum’s final series, the Kiwis will look to produce something special for him to cherish as he dons the New Zealand coloured clothing one last time.

New Zealand will however miss the services of the experienced likes of Tim Southee, Ross Taylor and Mitchell McClenaghan. Southee picked up a minor bone bruise in his left foot during the home series against Sri Lanka and needs more time to recover. Taylor suffered a side strain during the home T20Is against Pakistan, while McClenaghan coped a blow to his left eye from an Anwar Ali short ball in the same series. McClenaghan will undergo surgery to fix the broken bones in his left eye socket.

Nevertheless, New Zealand don’t seem to lack in any department. They have a fine bowling attack headlined by Trent Boult and Matt Henry. The batting facet will be lead by the likes of Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill apart from McCullum himself. Apart from these, there’s plenty of budding talent like Mitchell Santner, Henry Nicholls and Adam Milne who have already shown their mettle. All rounder Corey Anderson has been in great form after return and will look to leave a mark on this series.

New Zealand Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Grant Elliott , Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi ,Mitchell Santner, Kane Williamson