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Colin Munro of New Zealand quits Test cricket, to focus on ODIs, T20s

By Unnikrishnan
New Zealand batsman Colin Munro has decided to shift focus from Test cricket to ODIs and T20Is

Wellington, March 9: New Zealand opening batsman Colin Munro has made himself unavailable for Test selection to concentrate on his career in Twenty20 and one-day internationals.

The South African-born batsman has played only one Test for New Zealand, against South Africa in 2013.

He is also ruled himself out of New Zealand's domestic four-day competition for the remainder of the season, though he averages 51.58 in 48 first-class games.

Munro, who is the world's top-ranked batsman in Twenty20 cricket, said: "it would be fair to say that my focus hasn't been on four-day cricket this season and my passion for that format of the game isn't what it once was. Obviously, with the World Cup next year I'd love to give myself the best chance of making that squad."

Munro, who is the world's top-ranked batsman in Twenty20, said: "it would be fair to say that my focus hasn't been on four-day cricket this season and my passion for that format of the game isn't what it once was. Obviously with the World Cup next year I'd love to give myself the best chance of making that squad."

Munro was disappointed he didn't get Test opportunities when he had done well domestically for Auckland, but said other middle order batsmen had seized their chances.

"I think I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to play more Test cricket in that time, but if you look at the way the guys did and the guys that have come in and made a real go of it," he said.

He follows England duo Alex Hales and Adil Rashid who recently announced their focus on white ball cricket only.

Munro contemplated the idea after the Indian tour and said New Zealand Cricket were supportive. He spoke to his mentor, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who advised him to do what was best for himself and his family.

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Story first published: Friday, March 9, 2018, 14:15 [IST]
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