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Sodhi's heroics not enough for NZ return

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly
Ish Sodhi © Getty Ish Sodhi

Ish Sodhi's stunning form in the Australian Big Bash League has not been enough to win a recall for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series.

New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen confirmed Sodhi's 6-11 for the Adelaide Strikers in a winning Twenty20 cause against the Sydney Thunder on Wednesday had forced some careful consideration.

However, Larsen and coach Mike Hesson decided the flat venues for the first two ODIs - Auckland's Eden Park and Napier's McLean Park - were not the place to expose the attacking legspinner against Australia.

Allrounder Mitchell Santner is the lone spinner.

"It was an outstanding effort across the ditch playing for the Strikers. I'm absolutely rapt for Ish," Larsen said.

"In T20 cricket he's a stand up starter and he delivered over there.

"But we didn't feel there was a need for two frontline spinners in the squad."

Larsen says he is keen to see Sodhi perform at domestic level when given 10 overs, rather than just the four of the shortest form.

The 24-year-old's statistics from 13 ODIs aren't compelling, having been dropped following an underwhelming tour of India.

"Ish is a massive part of our future in New Zealand. We just want to handle him the right way," Larsen said.

Sodhi's chance could come as soon as the third ODI at his home ground Seddon Park in Hamilton on February 5, when the selectors may consider a second spinner.

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