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Bond in, McMillan dropped by Kiwi's

Shane Bond will play against India in the fifth one-day International against India in Wellington.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2003 13:02 IST

New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond will play against India in the fifth one-day international against India in Wellington on Wednesday after coming through a provincial match untroubled by a side strain, the team's selectors said on Monday.

Bond played for Canterbury against Wellington in a one-day match on Sunday.

However chairman of selectors Richard Hadlee said out-of-form batsman Craig McMillan was not included and instead would play for his province in domestic one-day and four-day matches.

"Craig has been struggling for form with the bat and has some technical issues to address," chairman of selectors Richard Hadlee said on Monday. "We think it would be easier for him to do this at a domestic level where there is less pressure."

McMillan has scored just 62 runs at an average of 8.85 against India in both test matches and the four previous one-dayers.

The 26-year-old, who was included in New Zealand's squad for the World Cup in southern Africa next month, would play for Canterbury against Central Districts in a one-day match on Tuesday and in a four-day match starting on January 9.

Allrounder Chris Cairns, who has undergone two knee surgeries in recent months, also played for Canterbury in the same game as Bond and scored 25 but did not bowl.

Hadlee said Cairns would play alongside McMillan on Tuesday with a view to drafting him into the New Zealand side for the sixth one-day international in Auckland next Saturday.

New Zealand have already won the seven match series after taking an unassailable 4-0 lead with a five-wicket victory in the fourth match on Saturday.

First Published: Jan 06, 2003 12:20 IST