Allen has earned a place in both the T20 and ODI squads. He has so far scored five half-centuries and a century in 23 T20Is and eight ODIs.
Veteran Martin Guptill and Trent Boult have been dropped from New Zealand’s squad for the limited-overs series against India starting on November 18. Opener Guptill has been dropped to make way for rising star Finn Allen, while Boult, who has opted out of the board’s central contract, will be replaced for the six-match series.
Allen has earned a place in both the T20 and ODI squads. He has so far scored five half-centuries and a century in 23 T20Is and eight ODIs. In Boult’s absence, the pace attack will be handled by Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner and Adam Milne. Milne last played an ODI in 2017. Head coach Gary Stead said dropping Boult and Guptill was not easy, but the team needs to look ahead.
He said: “When Trent decided to leave New Zealand Cricket in August, we had indicated that the contracted players would be a priority. We have to look forward and others have to have a chance too. “With the World Cup less than a year away, the Finn has to have experience, especially against a strong team like India,” said Stead.
Kane Williamson will captain in both formats. Series schedule: 18 November: 1st T20, Wellington 20 November, 2nd T20, Tauranga 22 November, 3rd T20, Napier 25 November, 1st ODI, Auckland 27 November, 2nd ODI, Hamilton 30 November , 3rd ODI, Christchurch.
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