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February 21, 2005
Ground security will not be increased for tomorrow's one-day match at Christchurch after Martin Snedden, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive, reassured the Australia team they would not be under threat from unruly spectators. But the match will hold extra interest for local fans as Jeff Wilson, the former All Black, was named in the starting line-up to replace Scott Styris, who was ruled out with a recurring knee injury.
Wilson played four ODIs against Australia in 1992-93 before embarking on an international rugby career and is the only change to the side that lost the opening match by 10 runs. James Marshall, the twin brother of Hamish Marshall, will be 12th man and the squad for the final three matches will be settled after the game tomorrow.
Snedden said the crowd's behaviour during the second innings of Saturday's match was "unacceptable", but he was satisfied with the security and police numbers at Christchurch. "All we wanted to emphasise was the need for security to be more proactive, which I don't think was the case in Wellington."
Ricky Ponting had requested more policing throughout the rest of the tour following the ugly crowd behaviour that briefly stopped the opening match. Matthew Hayden said he was spat on while Simon Katich and Glenn McGrath argued with security guards after plastic bottles were thrown at them. "I assured Steve [Bernard, the Australia manager] we are taking it seriously and he has acknowledged it's not a major issue," Snedden told NZPA. "I'm confident there won't be a problem."
New Zealand 1 Stephen Fleming (capt), 2 Nathan Astle, 3 Mathew Sinclair, 4 Craig McMillan, 5 Hamish Marshall, 6 Chris Cairns, 7 Brendon McCullum (wk), 8 Jeff Wilson, 9 Daniel Vettori, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Daryl Tuffey, 12 James Marshall.
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