Ponting chooses to bat against Kiwis

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2007, 0:44 [IST]
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St Georeg's (Grenada):Australia skipper Ponting won the toss and elected to bat in their final World Cup Super Eights match against New Zealand at the Grenada National Stadium on Friday.

All-rounder Shane Watson returned to the Australia side in place of Brad Hodge after missing the last three games with a calf strain.

New Zealand selected Mark Gillespie in place of fast bowler Shane Bond, who was ruled out of the match with a stomach complaint on Friday morning.

Pace bowler Michael Mason replaced all-rounder Jacob Oram who has a heel injury.


Australia: Adam Gilchrist (wk), Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait and Glenn McGrath. Coach: John Buchanan.

New Zealand - Stephen Fleming (capt), Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Brendon McCullum (wk), Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Mark Gillespie, Jeetan Patel and Michael Mason. Coach: John Bracewell.

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Asad Rauf (Pak).

Match Referee: Mike Procter (RSA)


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