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Australian ODI squad: Adam Zampa in but no Usman Khawaja for New Zealand tour

Uncapped legspinner Adam Zampa has been included in Australia's one-day squad for the looming New Zealand tour but batsman Usman Khawaja's purple patch has gone unrewarded.

Khawaja has missed out on the 14-man squad to play a three-match series against the Kiwis starting February 3, while selectors have given Zampa the nod ahead of Nathan Lyon.

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South Australian Zampa has been picked on the strength of his one-day domestic form and also his Twenty20 performances for Big Bash League runners-up Melbourne Stars.

Paceman Josh Hazlewood returns to the squad after being rested for the recent series against India but selectors couldn't find room for the in-form Khawaja, who dominated the BBL with his prolific run-scoring for champions Sydney Thunder.

Tons of fun: Usman Khawaja was unstoppable for the Sydney Thunder.
Tons of fun: Usman Khawaja was unstoppable for the Sydney Thunder. Photo: Getty Images

Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh says Zampa's selection ahead of Lyon was double-pronged - to get a look at the emerging legspinner, and also give Lyon a four-day match to prepare for the two-Test series against NZ.

"We want Nathan to use the NSW versus West Australia Sheffield Shield match in New Zealand as preparation for the Test series," Marsh said on Monday in a statement.

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"And this will give us a chance to have a good look at Adam ahead of the World T20 (starting March in India).

"Adam has certainly put forward a strong case for selection through good performances in the Big Bash as well as the Matador Cup earlier in the season and we think he has thoroughly earned this opportunity."

Adam Zampa has taken Nathan Lyon's spot in the squad.
Adam Zampa has taken Nathan Lyon's spot in the squad. Photo: Getty Images

Australia play three ODIs against the Kiwis, in Auckland on February 3, Wellington on February 6 and Hamilton on February 8 ahead of the two-Test series starting February 12.

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AUSTRALIAN SQUAD

Steve Smith (c)         NSW
David Warner (vc)     NSW
George Bailey           TAS
Scott Boland              VIC
James Faulkner         TAS
Aaron Finch               VIC
John Hastings            VIC
Josh Hazlewood         NSW
Mitchell Marsh            WA
Shaun Marsh              WA
Glenn Maxwell            VIC
Kane Richardson        SA
Matthew Wade            VIC
Adam Zampa               SA

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