Vettori puts England in to bat

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2008, 15:57 [IST]
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Nottingham: New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to field against England in the third and final Test at Trent Bridge here Thursday.

New Zealand, 1-0 down in the series, were forced into making a late change to the side that lost the second Test at Old Trafford by six wickets after Brendon McCullum was declared unfit to keep wicket on the morning of the match because of a back problem.

Dynamic run-scorer McCullum will now play as a batsman only with 31-year-old Auckland wicket-keeper Gareth Hopkins behind the stumps for his Test debut.

Hopkins effectively replaces the out-of-form James Marshall, dropped after scoring just 52 runs in the first two Tests of this series.

McCullum is now set to take Marshall's place at No3 in the batting order with Hopkins in at No 6.

Middle-order batsman Daniel Flynn retained his place in the side despite losing two teeth after being hit in the mouth by a James Anderson bouncer at Old Trafford.

New Zealand seamer Iain O'Brien also kept his place, seeing off the challenge from the fit-again Tim Southee after replacing the teenager because of illness in Manchester.

England had no such selection problems. For the first time since 1885 they named an unchanged side for the fifth successive Test.

They will now look to win their first Test at Trent Bridge in three years, following defeats by Sri Lanka and India, as they look to take this series 2-0 after winning 2-1 in a three-match Test campaign in New Zealand in March.


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

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

Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WIS) and Darrell Hair (AUS)

TV umpire: Peter Hartley (ENG)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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