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Ronchi named to NZ ODI squad for England tour

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Former Australia wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi has been named to the New Zealand squad for three one-day internationals against England this spring and for the ICC Champions Trophy.

Ronchi, who played four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches for Australia in 2008 and 2009, was born in New Zealand and has regained eligibility to play for his home country after returning from Australia.

He was named Friday to a 15-man New Zealand squad that will play England in one-day internationals at Lord's on May 31, Hampshire on June 2 and Trent Bridge, Nottingham on June 5. The team will then compete at the Champions Trophy in Britain from June 9-23.

Former captain Daniel Vettori will return to the New Zealand one-day squad after an eight-month layoff due to an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, opening batsman Martin Guptill and fast bowler Mark Gillespie have been recalled to the New Zealand test squad that will play England at Lord's starting on May 16 and Headingly from May 24.

The New Zealand squad otherwise contains the same players involved in the recent series against England in New Zealand in which all three tests were drawn.

Guptill missed that series with an injury and will now have to reclaim his opening spot from either Peter Fulton, who made centuries in each innings of the third test at Auckland, or Hamish Rutherford, who made 171 on debut in the first test at Dunedin.

"It was great to see how many players took their opportunities in the recent series," selection manager Kim Littlejohn said. "Performances from the likes of Hamish Rutherford, Mitchell McClenaghan and Peter Fulton have added real depth to the side.

"The ODI squad has a core group of players who have now played in a number of international tournaments and bring a wealth of experience. Having Daniel Vettori back in the side adds to that and we're really excited to have someone of his quality back in the team.

"Luke Ronchi gets his chance after impressing on the domestic scene. We know how dangerous he is and look forward to seeing him display his talents on the international stage."

Ronchi scored a half century from 22 balls - the third-fastest by an Australian in one-day internationals - during his brief stint with the Australian team.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said the return of Guptill and Gillespie adds depth to the New Zealand test squad. "Martin has proven himself to be a world-class performer before, and we're thrilled to have back in the side," he said. "Mark has been dominant in the domestic competitions this season and fully deserves his spot in the test side. "

Captain Brendon McCullum and leading batsman Ross Taylor will miss New Zealand's three-day warm-up match against Derbyshire while completing commitments in the Indian Premier League but will return for a second tour match against the England Lions starting May 9.

New Zealand Squads:

Tests: Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Mark Gillespie, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, B.J. Watling, Kane Williamson.

ODI and ICC Champions Trophy: Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson.

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