This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
South Africa will begin their tour of New Zealand with the ODI series with the opening ODI game to be played at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.
The Kiwis have not played an international game since the first week of July and did not play an ODI since the last day of January. Now they have as many as 17 lined up going into the World Cup. However, their squad have experienced some injuries. Ross Taylor and Adam Milne have been ruled out of the series, while Kane Williamson will miss the first match. Tim Southee has been passed fit, but he will also not figure on Tuesday. The probable Kiwi squad will include: 1 Jimmy Neesham, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Dean Brownlie, 4 Brendon McCullum (capt), 5 Tom Latham, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Trent Boult/Matt Henry.
On the other hands, despite hosts’ good show in the ODI series with 2-1 on their South Africa tour last year, the tourists own an excellent record in New Zealand, having swept them with 3-0 on their previous trip in 2012. They have sorted out their World Cup combination barring the odd position, and are upbeat after beating Australia in the tri-series final in Zimbabwe last month. AB de Villiers is quite confident about their bowling and batting to win them this series. The likely South African line-up will include: 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir.
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