South Africa opt to bat in first Kiwi Test

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2007, 14:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: South Africa won the toss and decided to bat on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Wanderers Stadium.

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, who missed his team's final warm-up match because of a dislocated left thumb, was passed fit to play.

There was less grass than usual on the Wanderers pitch, but it was slightly damp and in overcast conditions there was likely to be some assistance for the bowlers during the first few hours.

South Africa went into the match with an unchanged team after winning a series in Pakistan last month.

New Zealand, playing their first Test match of the year, included a new cap in batsman Ross Taylor. It was Daniel Vettori's first Test as captain.


South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher, Andre Nel, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini.

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (capt), Craig Cumming, Michael Papps, Stephen Fleming, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Shane Bond, Iain O'Brien and Chris Martin.

Umpires: Mark Benson (Eng), Daryl Harper (Aus). Third umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA). Match referee: Javagal Srinath (Ind).


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