CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 09: New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill reacts after being dismissed during the ICC Champions Trophy match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at SWALEC Stadium on June 9, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Martin Guptill will miss New Zealand’s ODI series against the West Indies as a fitness issue surrounding his hamstring continues.

The right-handed opener will be replaced by George Worker; a hard-hitting left-hander from the Central Stags who has played just four matches for New Zealand. Blackcaps selector Gavin Larsen said that the team will miss Guptill’s experience in the series but admits Worker’s opportunity is well-earned.

Broom, Astle, and Fergusson Back Into Blackcaps

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Also returning to the mix is fast-bowler Lockie Fergusson and all-rounder Todd Astle. The inclusion of these two is due to Tim Southee being unavailable after the First ODI, and Mitchell Santner nursing a shoulder injury that was picked up in the Second Test. Experienced batsman Neil Broom also returns to the squad due to Kane Williamson going on planned leave after the First ODI also.

Williamson won’t be back for the Blackcaps until early January, meaning Tom Latham takes over captaincy following the match in Whangerai on December 20th. The inside-word also suggests that further senior players will be rested over the course of the summer prior to the T20 Tri-Series against Australia and England.

Martin Guptill Misses New Zealand ODI Selection

Guptill has been in career-best form this past couple of seasons, including a fantastic knock of 180 not out against South Africa last season.
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Tom Latham is the only other established opener in the Blackcaps ODI unit, but NZ Cricket say that George Worker and Colin Munro could be paired together at some point against the West Indies. Both have opened for New Zealand before; but where does that leave Latham? As replacement captain to Kane Williamson, the likely scenario is that Latham sits out the opening ODI.

Guptill will likely return once New Zealand’s home series against Pakistan begins.

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