Corey Anderson has recovered sufficiently from a back injury to make New Zealand's squad as a specialist batsman for the two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka. Grant Elliott also returned to the T20I squad after he was left to recover from a broken arm during the ODI series.
The squad did not feature Brendon McCullum, who had confirmed he will not play in the forthcoming World T20 in March and April. Kane Williamson, who will lead the team in that tournament, was named captain for the Sri Lanka series also.
Allrounder James Neesham, who is recovering from injury himself, and offspinner Nathan McCullum, who sustained a knee injury, were both unavailable for selection. Among the available players missing out, however, was Matt Henry, who took eight wickets at an average of 10.25 in the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka, and Tom Latham, who played both matches as well.
Left-arm spinning allrounder Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi formed the spin component of the T20 squad. Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Adam Milne were the frontline quicks.
Anderson had suffered a stress-related back injury in May, and had only begun playing competitive cricket in November. He played as a batsman for Northern Districts in New Zealand's domestic T20 league, and recently also played a first-class game, but was yet to begin bowling at the domestic level.