The allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jimmy-neesham/" target="_blank">Jimmy Neesham</a> has returned to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>'s XI for the first time in nearly 17 months, slotting into the team for the first ODI against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/" target="_blank">Sri Lanka</a> at Bay Oval on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>Neesham, who last played international cricket during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, forced his way back into the reckoning with a successful 2018-19 Ford Trophy followed by two games for New Zealand A versus India A last month. (<strong>ALSO READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/new-zealand-vs-sri-lanka-2018-new-zealand-opt-to-bat-in-first-odi-of-2019-786456" target="_blank">New Zealand opt to bat in first ODI of 2019</a>) <p></p> <p></p>The 28-year-old finished as the second-highest run-getter of the Ford Trophy with 503 from 11 innings at an average of 71 and strike-rate of 110.79, with two hundreds - the only of his List A career - and three fifties. Neesham s seam bowling has been handy too, with 13 wickets at an economy of 5.81. <p></p> <p></p>He had lost his place in September 2017 after managing a solitary half-century in 11 ODIs that year and only four wickets. (<strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/sri-lanka-in-new-zealand-2018-200955/live-scores/new-zealand-vs-sri-lanka-live-cricket-score-1st-odi-match-187353-summary.html" target="_blank">LIVE SCORECARD: NEW ZEALAND vs SRI LANKA</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>In 41 career ODIs, Neesham has 811 runs at 27.03 to go with 34 wickets at 38.02 apiece. <p></p> <p></p>His last T20I came in January 2017 and he played the last of his 12 Tests in March 2017.