Kiwis elect to bat in second Test against Proteas

Published: Friday, November 16, 2007, 16:09 [IST]
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Centurion: New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat in the second and final Test against South Africa at Centurion Park.

The New Zealand team showed two injury-enforced changes from the side that was beaten by a record 358 runs in the first Test in Johannesburg.

Mark Gillespie won his first cap in place of fellow fast bowler Shane Bond, who had to go home because of an abdominal injury, while batsman Lou Vincent replaced allrounder Jacob Oram, who had not fully recovered from a hamstring strain.

Yet another injury blow hit the tourists. Allrounder Kyle Mills, who joined the side as cover for Oram, was due to play but woke up with a sore back and was replaced by Vincent.

South Africa were unchanged for the fourth match in a row, following a 1-0 series win in two matches in Pakistan and their win in the first Test against the Black Caps.

The pitch looked reasonable for batting with only a light sprinkling of grass, although there were some cracks on the surface which might widen as the match continues.


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

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (capt), Craig Cumming, Michael Papps, Stephen Fleming, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Lou Vincent, Brendon McCullum (vice-capt, wk), Mark Gillespie, Iain O'Brien and Chris Martin

Match Officials: Umpires: Mark Benson (Eng), Daryl Harper (Aus) and Match referee: Javagal Srinath (Ind).


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