Cricket New Zealand depleted for tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa

The Black Caps head to Africa without inspirational leader Brendon McCullum and star quicks Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Corey Anderson.

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New Zealand named a depleted squad for their limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa, with Trent Boult, Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee all omitted.

Inspirational leader McCullum and quick Southee were rested, while Boult and Anderson (both back) remain sidelined by injuries that prematurely ended their respective tours of England.

Kane Williamson will captain the side in McCullum's absence, having previously led the team out in nine ODIs and four Twenty20s.

Colin Munro is in line for his first one-day international cap since November 2013, while paceman Adam Milne will be hungry to atone after being dropped for the Black Caps' World Cup semi-final in March.

All-rounder James Neesham returns to the international squad after stress fractures in his back wreaked havoc with his first half of 2015.

Mitchell Santner retains his spot in the limited-overs squad after some handy cameos in their 3-2 ODI series loss in England in June, while Ben Wheeler also impressed enough to get called up again after his debut international series.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi will be available for the three-match ODI, and one-off T20, swing in Zimbabwe, before his spot for the South Africa leg will be taken by Doug Bracewell.

The Black Caps and Proteas will play two Twenty20s, before they open a three-match ODI series on August 19 - marking their first 50-over meeting since their thrilling World Cup semi-final at Eden Park.

New Zealand's African tour begins on August 2 in Harare.

Squad in full:
Kane Williamson (captain), Doug Bracewell, Grant Elliott, Matt Henry, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler

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