Uncapped Henry Shipley in New Zealand squad for ODI tours of Pakistan, India
Batting allrounder Mark Chapman and seamer Jacob Duffy have been included in the squad for only the India tour as New Zealand continue to manage the workloads of their players and staff.
Legspinner Ish Sodhi and Henry Nicholls, who had been omitted for the squad for the home ODI series against India, have both been recalled for the ODIs tours of Pakistan and India. Sodhi will work with Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell and Glenn Phillips in the spin attack.
Shipley, 26, is the only new face in the squad. The pace-bowling allrounder can hit the deck with the ball and hit boundaries with the bat lower down the order. His towering frame (1.96 metre) could potentially give New Zealand’s attack a point of difference in the subcontinent.
“Henry’s an exciting talent who we’ve had our eye on for a while,” New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said. “He’s taken his game to another level in the past 12 months, and we’re delighted to see his progression given how valuable genuine all-rounders are in any cricket team.
“It’s encouraging to see players putting their hands up in our domestic competitions and their performances being rewarded with selection for the national team.”
After bagging that Ford Trophy hat-trick, Shipley attributed his recent success to his greater self-confidence. “Probably a bit of confidence over the last couple of years. Been working reasonably hard on a few different things, especially my bowling,” he had said. “Trying to be a bit more effective and I guess and take wickets. And on batting – I’ve always had the self-belief but it’s just biding your time and earning the right to get into the allrounder’s position.”
The three-match ODI series in Pakistan begins on Jan 10 and will run up to January 14. The India tour begins four days later with the first ODI in Hyderabad and will run up to February 1. The squad for the three-match T20I series will be unveiled in January after the opening rounds of the Super Smash.
Squad: Kane Williamson (capt – only for Pakistan ODIs), Tom Latham (capt – India ODIs), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman (India ODIs only), Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy (India ODIs only), Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (Pakistan ODIs only).