Taylor ruled out of Pakistan, Australia ODI series


Batsman Ross Taylor has been ruled out of New Zealand's upcoming one-day international series against Pakistan and Australia.

Taylor went for scans on Saturday which revealed that he had suffered an oblique side strain.

The 31-year-old picked up the injury while batting in the Black Caps' 95-run Twenty20 win against Pakistan on Friday.

Taylor will leave the squad to begin rehab, and will continue to be monitored.

Meanwhile, power-hitter Colin Munro has been named in the Black Caps' squad to face Pakistan in their ODI series, starting on Monday. 

"Colin was impressive with the bat during the recent ANZ Twenty20 series, but he's also selected on his ability to give us another option with the ball," said New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.

Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi will play the opening ODI before being replaced by BJ Watling for the following two matches. 

"We've talked about the importance of creating depth in all positions and bringing BJ into the side for the second and third games will give him some time against the white ball," Hesson added.

"It also gives Luke a week off, ahead of a busy upcoming schedule."

Tim Southee will not feature as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.


Squad in full:

Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (first two ODIs), Brendon McCullum (third ODI), Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (first ODI), Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (second and third ODI), Kane Williamson.