Kiwi🇳🇿 Opener Ditches Red Ball Cricket😟

Colin Munro, the New Zealand allrounder, has become the latest international cricketer to shelve his red-ball career to focus on the white ball saying that his "passion" for the longer format has diminished.

Munro, 30, played one Test for New Zealand in 2013 but has now established himself in the one-day and T20 sides at the top of the order. He has scored three T20I hundreds, the most by any player.

Despite holding a first-class average of 51.58, it was unlikely that Munro would have forced his way back into Test contention.

He will continue to play 50 and 20-over cricket at both domestic and international level.

"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," Munro said. "I'm still 100% committed to playing for the Blackcaps and Auckland Aces in the shorter formats and have some big goals I'd like to achieve in the next couple of years.

"Obviously with the World Cup next year I'd love to give myself the best chance of making that squad and that's where my main focus is."

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