Neil Broom was on Thursday (January 5) forced out of the second and third Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh with a broken finger and will be replaced by George Worker, the allrounder, who last played for New Zealand against South Africa in August, 2015.
The in-form Broom averaged 76.66 in the preceding three-match One-Day International series, but unfortunately for New Zealand, he injured his finger while fielding in the first T20I in Napier on Tuesday.
Worker, who played two T20Is and two ODIs in South Africa two years ago, was recalled to the side after impressive performances in Super Smash, New Zealand’s domestic T20 tournament.
A New Zealand Cricket spokesman also said Ross Taylor, who has recovered from an eye surgery he underwent six weeks ago, was not considered because of a minor side-strain.
Martin Guptill was earlier ruled out after sustaining a grade one hamstring strain on his left leg while running between the wickets in the third ODI in Nelson.
On the bowling front, Tim Southee was rested for the entire series while Trent Boult took a break for the first game. Corey Anderson will continue to play as a specialist batsman, given his dodgy back.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh retained the same 15-man squad for the remaining encounters, and would be looking to remain alive in the series with a win when the two teams lock horns in Mount Maunganui on Friday.
New Zealand won the first match of the series by six wickets after triggering a batting collapse that saw only Mahmudullah contribute with a quick-fire 52. Bangladesh’s total of 141 was eventually overhauled by the hosts in 18 overs, with Kane Williamson leading the way with an unbeaten 73.
“If it hadn’t been for Mahmudullah’s unbelievable innings, we wouldn’t have reached 141,” Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh captain, admitted at the end of the contest. “You would have seen that at least one batsman stepped up in our four international matches on this tour so far. But there wasn’t a collective effort with two or more batsmen also making contributions. Nobody has been supporting the batsman who is doing well. I think this is becoming a turning point for us.”
Bangladesh’s pace line-up includes Rubel Hossain, who didn’t play any of the three ODIs and returned figures of 1 for 43 in the first T20I, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Mortaza.
New Zealand had won the ODI series 3-0, and would push for another washout by utilising the seam-friendly conditions at the Bay Oval.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, George Worker, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ben Wheeler.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shuvagata Hom, Subashis Roy, Taijul Islam, Nurul Hasan (wk).