Kiwis to gauge bench strength against Canada

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2007, 7:35 [IST]
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Gros Islet (St Lucia):Super Eight qualifiers New Zealand will use the rest of their squad in their final World Cup Group C game with eliminated Canada on Thursday.

With the game having nothing riding on it, captain Stephen Fleming is ready to make changes to give some of his premier troops a break and give others time in the middle.

Ross Taylor is out after suffering a hamstring strain in his innings of 85 during New Zealand's 148-run win over Kenya on Tuesday.

Bowler Mark Gillespie is also short of fitness as he continues to recover from a numb throwing arm.

Injury-prone but inspirational fast bowler Shane Bond should be rested while in-form batsman Peter Fulton will come in for Taylor after recovering from a broken finger.

"There will be changes," Fleming told reporters." I doubt if Shane will play. Daryl Tuffey I'm sure will come in for a game. Fults will come in. It is a great opportunity we have afforded ourselves."

Opener Lou Vincent, who has scored two ducks in two games so far, will be trying to find some form at the crease.

Spinner Jeetan Patel may also return but Fleming has talked of his unease at employing two spinners so Daniel Vettori may sit out.

Canada will be looking to say goodbye to the World Cup with a bang, especially coach Andy Pick who announced on Tuesday he was leaving his post after the game to return to England.

They were slightly embarrassed by a heavy defeat by Kenya in their first game, with captain John Davison describing the performance as "village", but they improved against England and only lost by 51 runs.


New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (capt), Shane Bond, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Michael Mason, Brendon McCullum (wk), Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey, Daniel Vettori and Lou Vincent

Canada: John Davison (capt), Qaiser Ali, Ashish Bagai (wk), Geoff Barnett, Umar Bhatti, Ian Billcliff, Desmond Chumney, George Codrington, Austin Codrington, Anderson Cummins, Sunil Dhaniram, Ashif Mulla, Henry Osinde, Abdool Samad and Kevin Sandher


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