Colin Munro: New Zealand free Worcs all-rounder for T20 Blast

Colin Munro
Colin Munro was run out for 10 in Friday's three-run victory at Durham in the T20 Blast

Worcestershire expect to have New Zealand all-rounder Colin Munro available for this week's two T20 Blast games, having been told he will not be needed for international duty.

Earlier this week, the 28-year-old was called up by the Kiwis for their final two one-day internationals against England as cover for injured players.

But he was left out of the side for Wednesday's game at Trent Bridge.

It frees him to play Lancashire at Old Trafford on Thursday (18:30 BST).

Munro, now into his second stint at Worcestershire, is also expected to be available for the home game with Derbyshire at New Road (Friday, 17:30 BST).

"Colin will be there, hopefully for both games," director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Colin Munro's international pedigree
Colin Munro has made 14 T20 international appearances for New Zealand, having last represented the Black Caps in the 2014 World Twenty20.He has also played in one Test and seven one-day internationals, the last of which was in November 2013.

Munro has made just 42 runs in four T20 matches for Worcestershire after helping Mumbai Indians win the Indian Premier League title.

But Rhodes is backing him to find form, adding: "He's a wonderful cricketer all round but particularly in T20. That's why we wanted him as one of our two overseas players for T20, as he's dangerous and exciting."

Fellow all-rounder Brett D'Oliveira is also in contention, after hitting an unbeaten 100 in the second of two Second XI T20 victories over Warwickshire at Kidderminster.

Worcestershire, who have won three of their five North Group matches, were much encouraged by Saeed Ajmal's return to top form.

The Pakistan spinner took 3-16 from four overs to set up Friday night's three-run victory over Durham.

Worcestershire then followed that up by losing in two days to Warwickshire in the Championship, from which Rhodes is hoping his side have learned some lessons, as too many of the home batsmen were out playing T20-style shots.

"We play quite a lot of T20 cricket and at times it is difficult to change that sort of mentality," said Rhodes. "Sometimes as a batter that will mean you play a shot you didn't want to play or execute as well as you could."