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New Zealand name rookie Thompson in Twenty20 squad

December 19, 2008 11:01 IST

All-rounder Ewen Thompson was the only new face named in New Zealand's 13-man squad for two Twenty20 matches against the West Indies this month.

Thompson, 29, has taken 16 wickets at an average of 17 and an economy rate of 6.97 playing for Central Districts.

Fast bowler Tim Southee and limited-overs specialist Scott Styris were recalled for national duty and test players Tim McIntosh, Jamie How and Iain O'Brien were omitted from the Twenty20 squad.

Injured all-rounder Jacob Oram was chosen primarily as a batsman.

The first Twenty20 is in Auckland on December 26 and the second in Hamilton on December 28.

New Zealand squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Mark Gillespie, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Ewen Thompson.