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Trans-Tasman ODI set for delayed start

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/02/2017 Rob Forsaith

Persistent rain is likely to result in a delayed start to Thursday's trans-Tasman ODI in Napier, where Australia are desperate to square the three-match series.

The match is listed to start at 2pm but the covers remained anchored at McLean Park throughout a dreary morning.

The drizzle is expected to stop soon but the venue's drainage has been an issue in the past. An ODI between New Zealand and West Indies in 2013 and last year's ODI between NZ and Pakistan were both abandoned without a ball bowled.

An ODI can be shortened to 20 overs per side and still constitute a game.

All eyes will be on Marcus Stoinis if the players get on the park.

New Zealand claimed a 1-0 lead in the series earlier this week at Eden Park despite his magnificent undefeated 146.

Stoinis also grabbed three wickets, including the key scalps of Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill.

Australian Captain Matthew Wade has returned home because of back spasms and will play no further part in the series. Aaron Finch has taken over the captaincy.

The hosts are also dealing with their own injury concern. Perth-born batsman Dean Brownlie will replace hamstrung veteran Guptill at the top of the order.

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