New Zealand prime triple-spin threat for World T20

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New Zealand will be hop­ing to sti­fle their op­po­nents by tak­ing pace off the ball with the in­clu­sion of three front­line spin­ners in their 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20 in In­dia.

Off-spin­ner Nathan McCul­lum, left-armer Mitchell Sant­ner and leg­gie Ish Sodhi all found a place in the Kane Wil­liamson-led side for the March 8-April 3 tour­na­ment, and the trio can ex­pect to see plenty of ac­tion on the host na­tion's slow pitches.

"With the In­dian con­di­tions in mind, the plan has al­ways been to take three front­line spin­ners, and all three bring some­thing dif­fer­ent," coach Mike Hes­son said in a New Zealand Cricket state­ment on Mon­day.

"It's great to have Nathan avail­able again and his ex­pe­ri­ence in the for­eign con­di­tions will be in­valu­able.

"Both he and Mitch Sant­ner have the abil­ity to bowl in the first six overs, which gives Kane a num­ber of op­tions to work with." McCul­lum has not played for New Zealand since Au­gust but is also handy with the bat, as is Sant­ner, who im­pressed dur­ing the re­cent lim­ited-overs se­ries at home against Pak­istan.

Left-handed bats­man Henry Ni­cholls, yet to play a T20 for New Zealand, was also re­warded with a spot for his match-win­ning 82 against Pak­istan in the first ODI.

"Henry has shown his tal­ent and ver­sa­til­ity with the bat this sum­mer and has also been used as a wick­et­keeper for New Zealand A," Hes­son added.

Pace­men Tim Southee and Mitchell McCle­naghan, and bats­man Ross Tay­lor were also in­cluded in the squad de­spite car­ry­ing in­juries with all three ex­pected to be fit for the tour­na­ment, NZC added in the state­ment. New Zealand, who will be aim­ing to win a first lim­ite­dovers World Cup, have been drawn with Aus­tralia, In­dia, Pak­istan and a yet-to-be-con­firmed qual­i­fier in Group 2 of the Su­per 10 round of the tour­na­ment.

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