New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Christchurch March 8, 2009

Vettori to miss Christchurch ODI

Cricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori will miss the Christchurch ODI, as he has left for Auckland to be with his wife Mary. The Vettoris are expecting the birth of their first child later today. Brendon McCullum will lead the side in Vettori's absence, and offspinner Jeetan Patel will replace Vettori.

It has been anticipated for some time now that Vettori could miss one or two games. But he travelled to Christchurch with the team before getting the news that the birth was expected today.

New Zealand go into the Christchurch ODI needing to win, to make sure they go to Hamilton with a chance to still win the series. They lost the first game, and the second was rained out.