Blackcaps vs Bangladesh: Martin Guptill set for return from injury

Martin Guptill will return from injury in the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh.

The Blackcaps opener aggravated a lower disc in his back against India last week and will need to pass a fitness test on Sunday to confirm his inclusion.

Guptill will partner Henry Nicholls at the top of the order although Colin Munro is set to join the squad for the third and final game, replacing Kane Williamson who will be rested.

With the Cricket World Cup on the horizon, selector Gavin Larsen said the three matches against Bangladesh offer a chance to do some eleventh-hour fine-tuning.

"It's an exciting time for the players and coaches alike as we look to sign-off our home summer of white-ball cricket.

"Undoubtedly the World Cup is looming large, but we're very much focused on the series ahead and the type of cricket we want to play.

"We're delighted to have Martin back on the park for this series; he's a world-class player and an integral part of our one-day side.

"He and Henry did a good job opening up in Hamilton against India and they're a combination we want to see some more of in this series before Colin returns to the top for the third game with Kane resting."

Ish Sodhi's chances of securing a spot on the plane to England appear in peril with Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner named as the two specialist spinners, while Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham have been named ahead of Doug Bracewell.

"We've been really pleased with Mitchell's return after serious knee surgery last year and we'll continue to monitor him through the rest of the season.

"Todd's another who is returning from a knee injury and after getting limited opportunities against India, we're keen to see more of him in this series.

"Jimmy's impressed us with the bat this summer, while Colin's proved what he can do with the ball - especially if it is moving around."

Tom Latham is the only specialist wicket-keeper in the squad and he will also captain the side for the third game in Dunedin.

Blackcaps squad:

Kane Williamson (c) (games one and two), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro (game three), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.


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