Cricket: Blackcaps hand Devon Conway maiden ODI call-up to face Bangladesh

Devon Conway's rapid rise to the Blackcaps has taken another step, after being named as one of three new faces for this month's three-match one-day international series with Bangladesh.

The 29-year-old will likely vye with fellow new face Will Young to take Kane Williamson's place at number three in the batting order, with the captain ruled out of the series with an elbow injury.

Conway has taken to international cricket like a duck to water since his much anticipated debut late last year, having scored 366 runs at an average of over 52 in his 11 Twenty20 Internationals.

Young's inclusion further strengthens New Zealand's batting, with the right hander being forced to wait for his chance in the 50-over format after a string of injuries in 2019 scuppered his chances.

Canterbury all-rounder Daryl Mitchell is the third potential debutant, called into the 50-over side after strong domestic performances so far this season, as well as a maiden test century, coming against Pakistan at the start of last December.

"Devon, Will and Daryl are quality players and have enjoyed impressive seasons so far," selector Gavin Larsen says. 

"We're looking forward to giving them further opportunities to develop their game at this level."

The call-up is a welcome one for Mitchell in particular, having already been part of the Blackcaps' test and T20 sides.

"Personally, it's pretty exciting to be part of the one day squad," Mitchell says.

"The team's been very successful over the last decade now. To be part of that group's pretty cool.

"Any time you represent New Zealand's pretty special. Whether it's test, T20s or one-day cricket, it's a huge honour."

Selectors have also resisted the urge to hand a debut to 21-year-old Wellington batsman Finn Allen, who topped the run scorers charts in the Super Smash, as well as scoring 128 from just 59 balls against Otago in the Ford Trophy last week.

Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme were not considered due to injury. 

Tom Latham will captain the side in Williamson's absence, as the Blackcaps gear up for ODI cricket for the first time since March 2020 - coming just days before global sport was ground to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blackcaps squad: Tom Latham (c), Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young.

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