In a bid to concentrate on his career in Twenty20 and one-day internationals, New Zealand’s opening-batsman, Colin Munro, on Friday opted to make himself unavailable for selection in Test cricket. The 30-year-old’s decision to give up red ball cricket came down to a very important factor – being at his best form and shape for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. The hard-hitting Kiwi all-rounder has reportedly decided to sit out the rest of the Plunket Shield four-day season and made himself unavailable for the New Zealand XI squads named on Friday to face England.

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Speaking about his decision, Munro 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.” Further, Munro revealed that he had contemplated the idea after the Indian tour and said New Zealand Cricket were supportive. He reportedly spoke to his mentor, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who advised him to do what was best for himself and his family.

The South African-born all-rounder has played only one Test for New Zealand, against South Africa in 2013 and also has an impressive average of 51.58 from 48 first-class matches and remained a contender for the No 5 test spot, but has decided better opportunities lie in white ball internationals and T20 franchise cricket. Notably, Munro holds the no 1 spot in the ICC T20I rankings for batsman.