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Cricket Anderson back as a batsman for Black Caps

Having proved his fitness in several trial games, Corey Anderson has been recalled to New Zealand's ODI squad, initially as a batsman only.

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Corey Anderson will return from injury as a specialist batsman for New Zealand's one-day internationals against India.

All-rounder Anderson has not represented his country since February, having been sidelined by a back injury.

However, he has been recalled to a 15-man squad for New Zealand's five ODIs in India, which follow two Tests later this month.

"Corey's superb professionalism throughout his rehab process has led to this point, and it's a credit to him and the hard work he's put in," said selector Gavin Larsen.

"We're excited to have Corey back. He provides power through the middle-order and knows the conditions in India well.

"He's still working on his bowling and we'll continue to monitor that, but for this series he will be used solely as a specialist batsman."

Tim Southee is also included in New Zealand's ODI party, despite having been ruled out of the Tests last week due to an ankle problem.

Anton Devcich, Jimmy Neesham and BJ Watling have earned recalls, but there is no place for the injured trio of Mitchell McClenaghan, Colin Munro and Adam Milne, or Henry Nicholls.

New Zealand ODI squad to face India: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling.

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