Ryan ten Doeschate's return is a timely boost for the Otago Volts as they get their HRV Cup defence underway tonight against the Canterbury Wizards.
The match will be the second played under the temporary lights at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.
His return is one of three changes to the side which faced the Firebirds in the opening round of the Plunket Shield last week.
Seamers Neil Wagner and James McMillan come in, meaning Iain Robertson and Blair Soper return home, while all rounder Ian Butler and spinner Nick Beard are ruled out through injury.
Otago coach Vaughn Johnson said the Volts were looking forward to getting back into the coloured clothing.
"It's back to square one, it's round one of the HRV Cup and everyone is in the same boat."
Johnson said the Wizards will provide a challenging first up match for the side.
"Obviously the guys are still on a high from what happened in India with us making the main draw and we need to continue those processes against the Wizards who will be a formidable challenge first up," he said.
Bowler Jacob Duffy said he was looking forward to playing a competitive game of cricket again.
"I haven't played a competitive game since last season, it was disappointing to miss out in India, but I am fit again now and hoping to carry on from where I left off last season."
Duffy said it would be good to bowl with the white ball again.
"I am looking forward to getting out there and bowling again, obviously I will look to find my length early on then hit the block hole at the death and hopefully the wickets will come."
The Wizards got their campaign underway last night against Central Stags.
Derek De Boorder (c), Michael Bracewell, Neil Broom, Mark Craig, Jacob Duffy, James McMillan, Aaron Redmond, Jesse Ryder, Bradley Scott, Ryan ten Doeschate, Neil Wagner, Sam Wells.
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