Wellington - Johannesburg-born all-rounder Grant Elliott has been recalled to the New Zealand
one-day side after 14 months in the wilderness to be the surprise in
their Cricket World Cup squad named on Thursday.
His inclusion comes at the expense of Jimmy Neesham who performed
creditably in the Test series against Sri Lanka won by New Zealand 2-0
Rising speedster Adam Milne won the fifth paceman's slot over Matt
Henry in an otherwise predictable line-up which features veteran spinner
Daniel Vettori, selected for his fifth World Cup, and seven members of
the successful Test squad.
The 35-year-old Elliott, who has a batting average of 29.79 and has
taken 30 wickets at 27.25 in 51 ODIs, last played for New Zealand
against Sri Lanka in November 2013.
His recall appears to be recognition of an impressive season of domestic cricket, especially with the bat.
"Grant's inclusion assures us strong cover in the middle order. He
brings a lot of experience and his record in New Zealand and Australia
conditions is excellent," coach Mike Hesson said.
The bowling unit is spearheaded by Test new ball pair Tim Southee and
Trent Boult, backed by Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne.
Milne was preferred over Henry because of his ability to intimidate
with deliveries consistently above 150km/h although he does not have impressive wicket-taking figures.
Captain Brendon McCullum is expected to open the batting with Martin
Guptill while Test opener Tom Latham will move to the middle-order and
also provide back-up for wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.New Zealand Cricket World Cup squad:
Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult,
Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan
McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross
Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson