May 23, 2003

TelstraClear Black Caps team to play tri-series final named

The TelstraClear Black Caps team to play Pakistan in the final of the Bank Alfalah Cup tri-series today (Friday, May 23) at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, is:

Stephen Fleming (captain)
Chris Cairns
Chris Harris
Brendon McCullum
Kyle Mills
Chris Nevin
Jacob Oram
Scott Styris
Daryl Tuffey
Daniel Vettori
Lou Vincent

TelstraClear Black Caps coach Denis Aberhart said Jacob Oram would be replacing Paul Wiseman.

"Jake had slight stiffness in his back after bowling in the match against Sri Lanka on the 13th of May.

"However he seems a lot better for the 10 days rest he's had and he has trained well over the last couple of days with no ill effects."

Aberhart said the tour had been a challenging one and that the team wanted to end it on the right note.

"Touring this part of the world is never easy and we've had to work hard to get ourselves into a position to be able to contest the final.

"We owe it to ourselves to finish this tournament in style and we will do that if we play to our potential and do the fundamental things right.

"We have some very experienced players who know all about the pressures of finals cricket and we will be relying on them to lead the way."

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