NZ wicketkeeper Bezuidenhout ruled out of T20I series, Peterson called up

NZ wicketkeeper Bezuidenhout ruled out of T20I series, Peterson called up

Javier Howell
February 6, 2019

Rohit Sharma will continue to lead in the T20Is.

Mandhana's exploits against New Zealand helped her jump three places, leapfrogging Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning to the the number one ranking. "He did a very good job for the NZ A team in both the UAE and at home against India A and we believe another day of worldwide cricket would be very advantageous for him". Rishabh Pant will certainly get a nod in the middle order and in some ways this will also be his last audition before the World Cup. Notably, India had won the ODI series that followed the T20I series by a comfortable 3-1 margin. Spin-bowling allrounder Anna Peterson, who was the Player of the Match in the third and last ODI on February 1, has been named Bezuidenhout's replacement, and will join the squad in Auckland on Thursday. The likes of Shubman Gill, Krunal Pandya and Vijay Shankar will be hoping to make a mark if a chance comes their way.

The left-handed opener was woefully off-colour in the ODI series and would have been dropped if not for the injury blow to his partner Martin Guptill. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell and pacer Blair Tickner have earned maiden call-ups. The hosts will also be without their best bowler in the ODIs, Trent Boult. They still have an experienced pacer in Tim Southee along with Lockie Ferguson. Ish Sodhi should slot right into the XI along with Mitchell Santner. Whichever way the series goes, both sides will want to come out with pointers with the World Cup in mind.

City issues cold weather alert as Hamilton temperatures plunge
But if the cold air is slow to arrive and/or snow is light and mostly waits until after the commute, we could dodge the bullet. Temperatures in central IL bottomed out even lower at the same time, with Rochelle getting down to minus 23.

The only change that Aakash has made in the Indian batting lineup is that he left out the out of form KL Rahul and picked young Rishabh Pant, who had to make a strong impression in the limited opportunities he's likely to get in the home series against Australia that starts March 2.

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