Hamish Bennett is back for his first one-day cricket international in nearly three years as New Zealand were sent in to bat again in the third ODI against India in Auckland.
The Canterbury fast bowler was named in the New Zealand 11 with a series win beckoning, coming in for Kyle Mills in the only change from Wednesday’s 15-run Duckworth-Lewis win in Hamilton.
Bennett played 12 ODIs, the last of them at the 2011 World Cup, before suffering a serious back injury which required major surgery. He forced his way back after being the leading Plunket Shield wicket-taker after five rounds, with 24 victims.
India skipper MS Dhoni won his third successive toss of the series and chose to bowl first again, on an Eden Park surface that has favoured chasing in recent years and proved difficult to bat on early. New Zealand lost their last three ODIs at the ground batting first, against South Africa, England and West Indies.
Trailing 2-0 in the five-match series, India made one change to their side. Senior fast bowler Ishant Sharma was dropped and Varun Aaron called in. Aaron is renowned as the fastest bowler in the Indian squad.
Batsman Suresh Raina was passed fit after suffering a painful blow to his elbow in the nets yesterday.
The weather is fine and forecast to stay that way, with a crowd in the vicinity of 30,000 expected.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Hamish Bennett.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron.
Umpires: Rod Tucker (Australia), Billy Bowden (NZ). Third umpire: Derek Walker (NZ).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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