Styris, Nathan McCullum likely to miss Napier ODI against Australia

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NAPIER - New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has indicated that Scott Styris and Nathan McCullum may have to sit outside for the opening game of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy ODI series against Australia, starting in Napier on Wednesday.

Styris, who has been recalled for the series, has few chances of making it to the final eleven after Vettori said he and coach Mark Greatbatch wanted to retain the same batting lineup, which completed the 3-0 ODI series whitewash against Bangladesh last month.

“It’ll be the same top six as last time that we played in the ODIs. Neil (Broom) did reasonably well in the last series and we want to keep giving him opportunities, and the same with James Franklin. They’ve got a chance to stamp their authority on this series,” quoted Vettori, as saying.

Vettori said the venue might also count against offspinner McCullum, meaning a likely pace attack of Shane Bond, Tim Southee and Daryl Tuffey with backup from Franklin and Jacob Oram.

“It’s a difficult ground at times for spin bowlers so that balance with Nathan and the extra seamer, that’ll be the main talking point,” he said.

He further said that he expects the Napier track to be batsman friendly and tipped a runfest.

“I don’t think there’s any surprises when you come to Napier, we know it’s going to be a high scoring game and in the end it’s the bowlers that turn up and bowl the best who can actually execute, particularly in the latter stages and the power play overs,” Vettori said.

ew Zealand team: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum, Peter Ingram, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Daryl Tuffey, Tim Southee, Shane Bond, Scott Styris and Nathan McCullum. (ANI)

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