New Zealand will rest Trent Boult for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka © Getty Images
New Zealand will rest Trent Boult for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka © Getty Images

Dunedin: New Zealand have left out their two main strike bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee and selected one new batsman in the squad named Tuesday for the opening one-day matches against Sri Lanka. Canterbury’s Henry Nicholls, a 24-year-old left-hander, is in line to make his debut in the first ODI on December 26. “He’s a player who has class and a player who we want to expose to the international scene sooner rather than later,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said.  “Through the A campaign he was exceptional, certainly the outstanding player in all forms of the game,” added Hesson. Full Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin

Nicholls scored 210 for New Zealand A against Sri Lanka A in a four-day match two months ago. The squad named for the first three of five ODI matches against Sri Lanka excludes fast bowler Trent Boult who will be rested after a heavy Test schedule.  Fellow new-ball bowler Tim Southee will sit out the first two games after leading the attack in the two Tests against Sri Lanka.Southee will replace Henry after the second match.

New Zealand secured a 122-run win in the first Test on Monday as Sri Lankan resistance folded with the loss of seven wickets on the final day. New Zealand had set Sri Lanka a formidable 405-run target to win but with sufficient time to get there on a non-threatening University Oval wicket. The second and final Test of the series will start in Hamilton on Friday.

 

ODI squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Doug Bracewell, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, George Worker.