Stuff – There is plenty of competition for places in the Black Caps’ bowling ranks, says paceman Lockie Ferguson.
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- The left-armer returned to the Black Caps in Friday’s Twenty20 win over Sri Lanka, and should come straight back into the ODI team for the series against India that starts on January 23, as he provides batting depth and bowls with a good economy rate.
- The Black Caps have used two spinners in 12 of their past 23 ODIs at home going back to the start of 2017, with part-timer Kane Williamson bowling five overs or more in three others, and Santner’s return means it could be on the cards again for the India series and the visit from Bangladesh that follows.
- Former Black Caps coach Mike Hesson suggested two spinners would be likely while commentating on the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka, and given he was in charge just seven months ago, it’s safe to assume he’s well informed.
- Sodhi has stood out as a wicket taker over the past 12 months, a period where he has played 10 of his 28 ODIs, claiming 10 against England last summer and eight against Sri Lanka this month, the most of any Black Cap in either series.