Illness and injury at the New Zealand camp forced the hosts to re-call leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and fast bowler Blair Tickner for the third and final One Day International (ODI) against India to be played on Tuesday (February 11) at Bay Oval, in Mount Maunganui.
The two have been recalled to New Zealand’s ODI squad for the final ODI after Scott Kuggeleijn was hit by a virus while Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner suffered gastroenteritis.
Sodhi and Tickner were previously released to play for New Zealand A against India A in a four-day game in Christchurch. However, the spinner played in the victorious first ODI but later was dropped from the side for the Auckland ODI, while Tickner played only in the T20I series against India.
Meanwhile, Kuggeleijn and Santner both had to miss the series-winning second ODI on Saturday, February 8.
On the other hand, Southee had to leave the field temporarily due to illness, but he returned to bowl his full quota of 10 overs and finished with the figures of 2-41 before he left the field again permanently in the second ODI at Eden Park.
Noteworthy, New Zealand, who had already won the ODI series 2-0, captain Kane Williamson will undergo a fitness test on Monday after having missed the first two ODIs with a shoulder injury.
(With Reuters Inputs)