Kiwis boosted by trio's return for Champions Trophy

In a boost to its ICC Champions Trophy chances, New Zealand named a trio who were back from injuries.

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has proven his fitness in the ongoing Indian Premier League.   -  Getty Images

Trio Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey Anderson and Adam Milne were named in New Zealand's ICC Champions Trophy squad after making returns from injury.

All-rounder Anderson and pacemen McClenaghan and Milne have proven their fitness in the Indian Premier League.

McClenaghan and Milne last featured for New Zealand in early 2016, while Anderson played a Twenty20 international in February.

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said he was thrilled to have the trio back and available as they were included in a 15-man squad for the tournament in June.

"It's been good to see all three back on the park and bowling; together they add a lot of experience to our squad," he said.

"Mitch and Adam have been running in well, and Corey has shown he'll be capable of providing an option with the ball."

Hesson added: "We believe it's an exciting squad; an experienced squad, and one that has the batting power and the bowling variations to prevail in a potentially high-scoring tournament.

"Having four all-rounders [including Mitchell Santner] certainly helps with balance, and the return of Mitch and Adam will offer options with the new ball, through the middle of the innings, and in the death overs."

New Zealand is in Group A for the tournament, facing Australia, co-hosts England and Bangladesh.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.