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Kiwis elect to bat in second Tagainst Enland

Published: Friday, May 23, 2008, 16:05 [IST]
 
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Manchester: New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against England at Old Trafford here on Friday.

New Zealand made one change from the team that drew the first Test of this three-match series at Lord's with Iain O'Brien replacing his fellow fast bowler Tim Southee after the teenager had been suffering with a stomach virus.

This was the 31-year-old O'Brien's seventh Test and first since he played against Bangladesh in Wellington in January.

England, for the fourth Test in a row, were unchanged as they sought a fifth win in their last six Tests at Old Trafford.

This match saw the return to Test cricket of umpire Darrell Hair after a 20 month absence since the Australian's involvement in penalising Pakistan five penalty runs against England at The Oval in August 2006.

That led Pakistan to forfeit the match - the first and so far only time this has happened in 131 years of Test history.

Teams:

England: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan (capt), Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Tim Ambrose (wk), Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar and James Anderson

New Zealand: Jamie How, Aaron Redmond, James Marshall, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (wk), Daniel Flynn, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori (capt), Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien and Chris Martin

Match Officials: Umpires: Simon Taufel (Aus) and Darrell Hair (Aus). Third umpire: Ian Gould (Eng). Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI).

AFP

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