Chappell-Hadlee Series 2004-05 December 6, 2004

Kasprowicz rested for Sydney

Cricinfo staff

Hamish Marshall hit an unbeaten half-century and with Brendon McCullum took 22 off Michael Kasprowicz's ninth over © Getty Images

Michael Kasprowicz will be rested from the second Chappell-Hadlee Series match at Sydney on Wednesday, but the move is not related to his awful 22-run over against New Zealand last night.

Kasprowicz had taken 1 for 31 off eight before his 48th-over thrashing, which spilled four boundaries and four wides, as the Kiwis closed on an exciting four-wicket victory. Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, said Kasprowicz was always going to be rested and would return to the squad at Brisbane.

"The plan was to give him a blow at this stage come what may," Hohns said. "There's nothing to be read into him missing Sydney. Kasprowicz has been an outstanding performer over the last 12 months. He went for a few runs in one over in a one-day game and that can happen to anybody at anytime."

Both Glenn McGrath, who rejoins the squad in Sydney, and Jason Gillespie were rested from the opening match, allowing Brett Lee to play his first international of the summer. Lee looked fit and fast and picked up the wickets of Stephen Fleming and Chris Cairns to finish with 2 for 40 from eight overs.