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New Zealand will blood fresh talent in their home ODI series against Bangladesh starting on Sunday, giving several veteran stars a rest.

New Zealand and Bangladesh will meet in Dunedin for the first of three ODIs, following a drawn Test series in Bangladesh last week.

New Zealand senior players including Kane Williamson and Tim Southee will be rested for the ODI series against Bangladesh.

All-rounder Joshua Clarkson, 26, and seamer William O’Rourke, 22, are in the frame to make their international debuts.

India-born leg-spinner Adithya Ashok, 21, has also been called up to the New Zealand squad after his Twenty20 debut in August.

New Zealand reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in November before losing to hosts India.

“With a few guys resting there are opportunities. We hope the new guys come in and show off their skills as best they can,” captain Tom Latham said on Friday.

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“It’s a really exciting bowling attack,” Latham added, with O’Rourke and fellow seamer Kyle Jamieson both known for their pace and bounce.

England-born O’Rourke has bolted into the New Zealand ODI side after shining for the Canterbury team since his domestic debut in early 2022.

Clarkson impressed on the New Zealand ‘A’ team’s tour of Australia in August and September.

Bangladesh warmed up with a 26-run win over a New Zealand XI on Thursday with all-rounder Rishad Hossain taking three wickets and hitting 87 runs.

“We know most of the players,” said Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto, sizing up the hosts.

“Some of them are very new, but we will have some footage.”

The second ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh will be played in Nelson next Wednesday, then in Napier on December 23.

New Zealand’s ODI squad: Tom Latham (capt), Adi Ashok (games 2 & 3), Finn Allen, Tom Blundell, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Jacob Duffy, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Will O’Rourke, Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi (game 1), Will Young, Ben Sears

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