The 13-player squad, which drew the series 2-2 against the Caribbeans, was more or less retained

New Zealand on Wednesday named a virtually unchanged squad for the upcoming one day international series against India with the selectors keeping faith in players who drew the recent five-match home assignment against the West Indies.

The 13-player squad, which drew the series 2-2 against the Caribbeans, was more or less retained with reserve batsman Colin Munro, who will return to play for his provincial side, being the only omission.

“The BLACKCAPS selectors have named a settled line-up for the ANZ One Day International Series against world no.1 India starting in Napier on Sunday,” New Zealand Cricket said in a statement.

“The squad for the five-match series is identical to the one which drew the recent ODI series against the West Indies, with the exception of Auckland batsman Colin Munro who will return to play for his province.”

General Manager National Selection Bruce Edgar said the players had been rewarded for a number of strong performances against the West Indies.

“It was pleasing to see every player stand up at some stage of that series and there were some simply outstanding efforts headlined by Corey Anderson’s world record one day ton,” he said.

Given the conditions and the focus on green tracks, the Kiwis have opted for a pace—heavy bowling attack.

Adam Milne, the 21-year-old sensation, who created a flutter by bowling at 150-plus speed in the Twenty20s against the West Indies, will be the one to watch out for against India as well.

Milne will vie with the experienced Kyle Mills, Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan for frontline pace spots.

All-rounders Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham are also a part of the pace attack.

Edgar said New Zealand now face one of their toughest challenges at home against a side ranked at the top in the 50-over game and number two in Tests.

“We know we’ll have to play out of our skins, and out match them player for player to be competitive against such a powerful side. But we showed against the West Indies that we can play extremely well on our day and are capable of beating any side,” he said.

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