New Zealand v Australia, 4th ODI, Wellington

Gilchrist sends in New Zealand

Peter English

March 1, 2005

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New Zealand v Australia
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New Zealand have two matches to make an impact in a series that has already escaped them. With the first Test a week away, they need to find some touch immediately, and were given the chance to re-discover some batting form when Adam Gilchrist won the toss and sent them in for the fourth match at Wellington's Basin Reserve.

Both sides were trying new line-ups in cloudy and cool conditions, but New Zealand's changes were forced and Australia's experimental. Following a head injury to Michael Papps and the horrible form of Daryl Tuffey, the Kiwis brought in the debutant Lance Hamilton, the batsman Craig Cumming and recalled Jeff Wilson.

Australia swept to an unbeatable 3-0 lead at Auckland on Saturday and rearranged at the top and the bottom. Ricky Ponting was rested with a slight thigh strain, James Hopes was handed his first one-day international and a scary pace quartet was chosen. If Australia cleansweep the series they will push New Zealand's World Cup seeding, which is determined in April, down a place to third.

New Zealand 1 Stephen Fleming (capt), 2 Nathan Astle, 3 Hamish Marshall, 4 Craig McMillan, 5 James Marshall, 6 Craig Cumming, 7 Chris Cairns, 8 Brendon McCullum (wk), 9 Jeff Wilson, 10 Lance Hamilton, 11 Kyle Mills.

Australia 1 Adam Gilchrist (capt, wk), 2 Simon Katich, 3 Damien Martyn, 4 Andrew Symonds, 5 Michael Clarke, 6 Mike Hussey, 7 James Hopes, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Jason Gillespie, 10 Michael Kasprowicz, 11 Glenn McGrath.

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