3 Feb 2017

Sodhi back for Chappell-Hadlee decider

1:01 pm on 3 February 2017

Leg spinner Ish Sodhi has been called into the New Zealand cricket side for the final Chappell-Hadlee match against Australia in Hamilton on Sunday.

However opener Martin Guptill is a doubtful starter as he's still trying to get over a hamstring injury.

The Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said Hamilton's Seddon Park often suits spin which is why Sodhi has been brought into the squad.

Ish Sodhi celebrates the wicket of Steve Smith in the Chappell-Hadlee series decider at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 8 February 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Ish Sodhi Photo: Photosport

"We wanted the option of two specialist spinners for this match and it's a venue that Ish has had some success in at in the past. Mike (Hesson) and Kane (Williamson) will now get the opportunity to assess the pitch over the next couple of days and make a decision from there as to who will be in the playing eleven."

Larsen said there was still a question mark over Guptill.

"Martin has made progress in the last couple of days, but it's not yet clear whether he'll be available for selection. At this stage it's probably 50-50."

Northern Districts batsman Dean Brownlie will remain with the side as cover.

New Zealand lead the series one-nil and after game two was abandoned in Napier, a win in Hamilton for the tourists would see Australia keep the Chappell-Hadlee trophy.