New Zealand has decided to rest their two most senior men, Danniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum, in the tri nation series in Sri Lanka. Hence, the captaincy has been given to one of their most potent middle order batsmen; Ross Taylor will lead the black caps in August.
The series will have two teams from the sub-continent; hosts, Sri Lanka, and India along with New Zealand. There will be some new faces making their debut in the tournament, Kane Williamson will finally get a chance to play for his country’s senior team. Kane was named in the New Zealand test against Australia but could not get a first team call up. The youngster made his name in 2008 when he led New Zealand in the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia.
Chairman of selectors Mark Greatbatch, believes Taylor has long been touted as the man to take on the reigns in future and it may be the perfect time for him to test his leadership skills.
Greatbatch added that Ross was deputy to Vettori for a good part in the last season, and did a great job of leading New Zealand to a win against Australia in Napier when Daniel was injured. The former left-handed opening batsman added that the only reason Vettori is not part of the squad for Sri Lanka is purely because the New Zealand Board respects his request of wanting to spend some time with his family.
McCullum also opted out of the short tour to USA right after the World Cup where they played two T20s against Sri Lanka and he has decided to stay back because he is expecting the birth of his first child in middle of the year. Considering the busy schedule ahead this would be a welcome rest for him. The tri series will also see all-rounder Grant Elliott and batsman Jesse Ryder making their way back in the side after being injury-ridden.New Zealand squad for the Sri Lanka ODI Tri series: Ross Taylor (captain), Grant Elliot, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills (vice-captain), Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Daryl Tuffey, B.J. Watling, Kane Williamson.