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Short boundaries: Munro gets NZ call-up; Chigumbura quits Zim captaincy

January 23, 2016 13:26 IST

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New Zealand's Colin Munro bats

IMAGE: New Zealand's Colin Munro bats. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand batsman Colin Munro has been rewarded for his strong Twenty20 form by being included in the One-day squad for the three-match series against Pakistan, while Ross Taylor has been ruled out with a side strain.

Munro belted the second-fastest Twenty20 international half century against Sri Lanka from 14 balls earlier this month then followed that up with 56 in the first match against Pakistan.

"Colin was impressive with the bat during the recent Twenty20 series, but he's also selected on his ability to give us another option with the ball," coach Mike Hesson said in a statement.

Taylor was forced to retire hurt while batting in the third Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Wellington on Friday.

He was diagnosed with a left oblique strain and ruled out of both one day series against Pakistan and Australia. He has been released to begin rehabilitation in the hope he will be fit for the two Tests against Australia.

Test wicketkeeper BJ Watling has also returned to the one-day side for the final two matches of the Pakistan series, with Luke Ronchi stepping aside after the first game on his home pitch at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Monday.

Captain Brendon McCullum will be available for the third one-day international in Auckland on January 31 as he continues to recover from a back injury. McCullum will retire after the Australia series next month.

New Zealand: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (first two ODIs), Brendon McCullum (third ODI), Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (first ODI), Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (second and third ODI), Kane Williamson.

Zimbabwe captain Chigumbura steps down

Elton ChigumburaElton Chigumbura has stepped down as Zimbabwe cricket captain following the 2-2 Twenty20 series draw in Bangladesh.

Allrounder Chigumbura said on Friday "it's the best time to leave it to the next guy to lead us."

Zimbabwe won the last two games to salvage a draw in Bangladesh.

The 29-year-old Chigumbura said he still wanted to contribute to the team as a senior player.

His leadership was heavily criticised when Zimbabwe lost 3-2 to minnow Afghanistan in their one-day international series late last year.

Chigumbura's resignation coincided with former captain Brendan Taylor saying he would consider returning to play for Zimbabwe after his contract with English county team Nottinghamshire expires.

Taylor quit international cricket following last year's World Cup to take up a three-year deal with Nottinghamshire.

Image (left): Elton Chigumbura

Photograph: Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images

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