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Proteas ask NZ to bat in ODI series opener

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/10/2014
Brendon McCullum © SNPA Brendon McCullum

New Zealand have been sent in to bat by South Africa in the first one-day international to be staged at Mt Maunganui.

South Africa have won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat in the first one-day international at Mt Maunganui.

Captain AB de Villiers had no hesitation with his decision which New Zealand counterpart Brendon McCullum said he would have also made if given the choice.

New Zealand are without injured trio Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Tim Southee for first of three matches. Matt Henry has also been omitted while fellow seamer Mitchell McClenaghan is the 12th man.

Spinner and former captain Daniel Vettori will play his first international for nearly 18 months and allrounder Jimmy Neesham will open the batting.

South Africa have omitted seamers Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell and spinner David Miller while Aaron Phangiso is 12th man.

The Bay Oval becomes the 13th venue used for a ODI in New Zealand.

It is the first time any international match has been played in New Zealand in October as both teams begin early preparations for the World Cup starting in February.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Jimmy Neesham, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (capt), Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult. 12th man Mitchell McClenaghan.

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