The last fixture of the Chappell-Hadlee trophy is ought to be a thriller. As the tournament is now at 1-1 for Australia and New Zealand, the last match will decide the series win. Australia is playing without its top batsmen. Both the captain and vise-captain are absent from the team. The stand-in is captain also dropped from the squad as most of the players are eyeing the training camp in Dubai and the test tour to India, thereafter. Even though, Australia lost the first match, it had a strong return in the second. The comeback was enough to put New Zealand out of their comfort zone, which they earned after the first ODI.
New Zealand, on a move to boost the team's performance, made a recent change in the squad. The team called in Ish Sodhi, the leg spinner, into the campaign against Australia. In the last season of the tournament, Sodhi was the key player for the team to bring success. It was this experience, for which the bowler is called again into the squad. The player is expected to be a deciding factor for the team against Australia.
Ish Sodhi played for Adelaide Strikers in the BBL. In the last season, he emerged as a crucial player in the team. In the match at Seddon park, it was his stance that decided the victory for the Strikers. In the T20 match, which was had a large impact in the series he knocked out the toughest wickets to return with 2 for 31. The wickets included captain Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell. Sodhi was awarded Player of the Match for his stance. It was the central point for attraction for the player. Gavin Larsen, the national selector, highlighted his achievement as a reason for his comeback to the international squad. Per Larsen, Seddon Park pitch is spin friendly and Sodhi will do well on it.
The spinner is called into the team to balance the option of two specialist spinners. As Sodhi had good experiences in the past, he came out as potent bet. In a BBL match, he knocked down 6 wickets for just 11 runs in a campaign against Sydney Thunders. The match eliminated the defending champions from the tournament to establish Adelaide Strikers as the winner.
Tom Latham will play as the batsman cum wicket keeper in the next ODI. Dean Brownlie will play in place of Martin Guptill, who is on rest due to hamstring injury. The last fixture of the Chappell Hadlee tournament is scheduled at Hamilton, on the upcoming weekend.
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