Injury-hit Black Caps to field new-look seam attack in India ODI series

By Sports Desk January 30, 2020

New Zealand are set to field a new-look seam attack in their ODI series against India as they contend with a host of injury problems.

Uncapped Auckland bowler Kyle Jamieson has earned a maiden call-up for the three-game series, which starts on February 5 in Hamilton, while Scott Kuggeleijn and Hamish Bennett have been selected for the first time since 2017.

The Black Caps are without Trent Boult (broken hand), Lockie Ferguson (calf strain) and Matt Henry (broken thumb), leaving Tim Southee as their only experienced frontline bowler.

"Tim Southee has an important job leading our new-look pace attack, which has a huge opportunity against some of the very best batsmen in the world," said head coach Gary Stead.

"While the bowling line-up has a fresh look, the batting is very settled and we'll likely have the same top eight batsmen from the World Cup finals."

Wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham is fit again after recovering from a broken finger.

"It's great to have Tom fit so we can call on his experience behind the stumps and in the middle order," Stead added.

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