The left-armed spinning all-rounder was named in the 14-man New Zealand squad for the first three ODIs against India which take place later this month.
Santner had been sidelined for a prolonged period with a knee injury but proved his fitness in a one-off T20 against Sri Lanka earlier this month. Also making a return to the one-day squad is Tom Latham who takes over the wicketkeeping duties from Tim Seifert.
All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been recalled to the ODI outfit after being rested in the preceding series against Sri Lanka.
Blackcaps coach Gary Stead is hoping to use the five-match series against the Indians as a preparation board for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.
“Our two main priorities have been to select and prepare a squad capable of winning what is shaping as a massive series against India, and gathering as much information as possible ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales,” Stead stated.
The first ODI between New Zealand between New Zealand and India will be held at Napier on January 23 with the final match of the series set to take place on February 3. The five ODIs will be followed up by a three-match T20 series.
NEW ZEALAND 14-MAN SQUAD
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (wk), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
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