ODI squad for Qantas tour of New Zealand announced
Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel (NSP) has named a 14-man one-day international (ODI) squad that will contest the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy during the Qantas Tour of New Zealand beginning in Auckland on February 3. The series will then move to Wellington (February 6) and Hamilton (February 8).
The squad includes one change from the 13 players included in the final Victoria Bitter ODI squad against India in Sydney on Saturday night with uncapped 23-year-old South Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa included in place of Nathan Lyon.
Josh Hazlewood makes up the 14 man squad, included in the side following his return from a period of rest after the first Victoria Bitter ODI against India in Perth.
The squad is:
Steve Smith (c) – NSW
David Warner (vc) – NSW
George Bailey – TAS
Scott Boland – VIC
James Faulkner – TAS
Aaron Finch – VIC
John Hastings- VIC
Josh Hazlewood – NSW
Mitchell Marsh – WA
Shaun Marsh – WA
Glenn Maxwell – VIC
Kane Richardson – SA
Matthew Wade – VIC
Adam Zampa – SA
Commenting on the squad National Selector Rod Marsh said: “This squad remains largely unchanged after a fantastic series win against India.
“We have selected Adam Zampa as the spinning option for this tour in place of Nathan Lyon. We want Nathan to use the NSW versus West Australia Sheffield Shield match in New Zealand as preparation for the Test Series and this will give us a chance to have a good look at Adam ahead of the ICC World T20.
“Adam has certainly put forward a strong case for selection through good performances in the KFC Big Bash as well as the Matador Cup earlier in the season and we think he has thoroughly earned this opportunity.
“We know one of the biggest challenges we will face in New Zealand is adapting to the change in conditions. It has been well documented that this is something we have struggled with in recent times and a major focus for this squad will be to reverse that trend.
“The New Zealand side will be very tough to beat in their home conditions. We know we will need to be at the top of our game if we want to be competitive.”