Canterbury left hander Nicholls was included in the 14-man squad for the first three ODIs after impressing coach Mike Hesson and fellow selector Gavin Larsen with his performances over the last 12 months.
    
The 24-year-old who was the second top run-scorer in last season's domestic one-day competition, topped the averages (75.66) and scored an unbeaten 144 in the unofficial Test
between New Zealand and Sri Lanka 'A' sides in October.
    
Nicholls continued that strong form in the domestic Twenty20 competition and looks set to reap his rewards with an ODI debut at his home ground of Hagley Oval.

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