Ish Sodhi and Blair Tickner, who are currently playing for New Zealand A in the second unofficial Test against India A, have been recalled ahead of the fourth day’s play and added to the illness-marred New Zealand squad for the third ODI against India.
Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee — both of whom are battling gastro — and Scott Kuggeleijn, down with a viral bug, are still recovering, putting their participation in the third and final ODI in doubt. Santner and Kuggeleijn in fact didn’t even feature in the second ODI against India in Auckland while Southee worked his way through illness to deliver a match-winning spell, also picking Virat Kohli’s wicket in the process.
The illness adds to the worries for New Zealand, the side already without their regular captain Kane Williamson who missed the last two T20Is and the first two ODIs against India due to shoulder injury.
Sodhi and Tickner are set to join the senior men’s squad in Mount Maunganui for training on Monday (February 10). Ben Lister, the left-arm pacer from Auckland Aces, will be joining the New Zealand A squad as replacement.