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Kiwis name team for South Africa ODI

New Zealand looked to uncapped opener Michael Papps as a solution to its top-order worries ahead of its first one-dayer against South Africa.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2004 23:02 IST

New Zealand looked to uncapped opener Michael Papps as a solution to its top-order batting worries ahead of its first one day cricket international against South Africa in Auckland on Friday.

Papps, 24, was named Sunday in the New Zealand team for the first of six one-day matches, replacing Craig Cumming and in the continued absence of its top batsman, Nathan Astle.

Cumming, who was earlier tried as a replacement for Astle, averaged only 15 and top-scored with 45 during 10 one-day matches against Pakistan in Pakistan and New Zealand in December.

Papps is a hard-hitting right-hander who has scored more than 1,000 runs in domestic matches this season, including 463 in one-dayers at an average of 57.87.

"Michael has been in great form this season," said New Zealand coach John Bracewell.

"He has impressed the selectors with his range of shots and technical ability and we are confident he can make the step up to international level."

Seamer Michael Mason, who toured Pakistan with New Zealand in December, has been recalled to the team on the back of strong domestic form.

He joins Ian Butler and Daryl Tuffey in New Zealand's bowling spearhead, blunted by the continued unavailability of Shane Bond due to a back injury.

New Zealand and South Africa also meet at Christchurch on Feb. 17, Wellington on Feb. 20, Dunedin on Feb. 24, Auckland on Feb. 28 and Napier on March 2. They will also play three tests matches later in March.

New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Michael Papps, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Chris Cairns, Kyle Mills, Daniel Vettori, Daryl Tuffey, Michael Mason, Ian Butler.

First Published: Feb 08, 2004 15:20 IST