Napier: Brendon McCullum will captain New Zealand in its one-day and Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe in place of Ross Taylor who suffered a calf injury during the current one-off Test.
McCullum was confirmed on Saturday as captain of the 14 man squads for the three-match one-day series and two-match Twenty20 series, which contain six players who are new to international cricket.
The newcomers in the one-day squad are left-armer Michael Bates, allrounder Andrew Ellis, leg-spinner Tarun Nethula and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham. Latham is the 19-year-old son of former New Zealand opening batsman Rod Latham, who scored a century in New Zealand's first-ever test against Zimbabwe.
Brendon McCullum will replace Ross Taylor who suffered a calf injury during the current one-off Test.
The Twenty20 squad includes Bates, batsman Colin de Grandhomme and spinner Ronnie Hira.
Taylor suffered a serious calf strain during his unbeaten innings of 122 on the second day of the test against Zimbabwe. He is likely to be sidelined for three weeks. In his absence and that of Jesse Ryder who also has a calf injury, the New Zealand selectors are able to bring forward the selection of a number of previously untried players.
"We believe we have selected two strong squads with a balance of experienced players and cricketers we consider ready for the challenge of international cricket," selection manager Kim Littlejohn said.
"The new caps have earned their chance through solid performances at domestic level and we think it's the right time to take a look at players who will be in the frame for the Twenty20 World Cup later in the year, and looking further ahead to the 2015 ODI World Cup."
"With Ross Taylor unavailable through injury, Brendon McCullum will step in as captain for the rest of the series and we know he will provide excellent leadership while Ross recovers."
The one-day internationals are at Dunedin on February 3, Whangarei on February 6 and Napier on February 9 while the Twenty20 matches will be played at Auckland on February 11 and Hamilton on February 14.
New Zealand squads:
One-day squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Michael Bates, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Andrew Ellis, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson.
Twenty20 squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Michael Bates, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, s Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson.
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