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Colin Munro quits Test cricket, to focus on ODIs and T20Is

Munro, who is the world's top-ranked batsman in Twenty20 cricket has played only one Test for New Zealand, against South Africa in 2013.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 09, 2018 14:01 IST ]
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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.

The 30-year old New Zealand opener has excelled in the limited-overs format as he has three tons to his name in T20 Internationals, smashing 1173 runs in the 42 matches he has played. His ODI career has seen the opener score 905 runs in the 35 matches he has played. The opener is also an all-rounder and has a crack with the white ball whenever given the opportunity.

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."

(With AP Inputs)

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