New Zealand v Pakistan, ODI series December 29, 2003

Harris and Vincent omitted from one-day squad



Chris Harris: out of form, and out of favour with the selectors
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Chris Harris and Lou Vincent have been omitted from New Zealand's one-day squad for the series against Pakistan, which starts at Auckland on Saturday. Harris, New Zealand's most experienced ODI player with 238 matches, has been in poor form lately - in six matches in the TVS Cup in India, he averaged 11 with the bat, and his two wickets cost him 46 each at more than five an over - while Vincent has struggled in the Test series at home against Pakistan.

Clearly showing their emphasis on form over reputation, the New Zealand selectors, headed by John Bracewell, picked Hamish Marshall, who was among the better performers on New Zealand's dismal tour to Pakistan, and Craig Cumming, who also did reasonably well there. Kyle Mills returned to the squad after missing the Pakistan tour due to a viral infection.

The 13-man squad has been named for only the first two matches of the series. One player from that squad will be released later and allowed to play in New Zealand's domestic four-day competition.

Squad Stephen Fleming (capt), Craig Cumming, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Andre Adams, Ian Butler, Chris Cairns, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Daniel Vettori, Daryl Tuffey.

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