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Southee will return to the New
Zealand lineup for his first match
since December 31 when he injured
his foot. Boult sat out an optional
training session on Wednesday but
is expected to have recovered from
the illness that prevented him play-
ing in the series-clinching third
limited-overs international against
Wicketkeeper BJ Watling is trou-
bled by a back injury but was
expected to be fit.
New Zealand yesterday selected
Henry Nichols to make his Test
debut in place of Ross Taylor, who
has a side strain, and Corey Ander-
Mitchell Santner, who has a foot
injury. Mark Craig will take over
Santners role as specialist spinner
and Doug Bracewell edged Neil
Wagner for the third seamers spot.
Australia: Joe Burns, David
Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve
Smith (captain), Adam Voges,
Mitch Marsh, Peter Nevill, Peter
Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan
Lyon, Jackson Bird.
Martin Guptill, Tom Latham,
Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls,
Brendon McCullum (captain),
Corey Anderson, BJ Watling,
Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim
Southee, Trent Boult. (AP)
WELLINGTON---Fast bowler Jack-
son Bird will play his first Test since
2013 for Australia in the series opener
starting today, when New Zealand
captain Brendon McCullum will be
lining up for his 100th consecutive
Bird was recalled when James Pat-
tinson was ruled out Tyesterday because
of a shin shoreness. He joins Josh Hazle-
wood and Peter Siddle in Australias
pace attack for the match which will
begin on a green pitch on which both
captains have said they will bowl if they
win the toss.
Bird played two Tests against Sri
Lanka and one against England in 2013,
taking 13 wickets at an average of 23.
He was dropped after the England Test,
which was the fourth Test of that years
Ashes series, and only now regains his
place as Australia contends with injuries
Pattinson was pulled out of a domes-
tic first-class match for Victoria state
to travel to Wellington and prepare for
the first match in a two-Test series. He
will remain with the Australian squad
in the hope of being fit for next weeks
Second Test at Christchurch.
"The selectors arent 100 per cent
sure whether (Pattinson) would get
through this first Test match so that
decision was made," Australia captain
Steve Smith said. "I think Jackson Bird
has been bowling extremely well. Im
really happy with the XI weve picked."
Smith said Bird had performed well
at domestic level, warranting another
opportunity in the Test arena.
"Hes swinging the ball and swinging
it late which is a great attribute to have
and if he gets the ball in the right areas
in this Test match I think he can do a
bit of damage," Smith said.
The bright-green colouring of the
pitch at the Basin Reserve suprised
Smith and some of the Australian bats-
men when they first inspected it
Wednesday, with opener David Warner
saying "most of the batters want to be
bowlers looking at that wicket."
Warner said he expected a lot of ball
movement through the air but not off
the wicket, and thought New Zealand
swing bowlers Tim Southee and Trent
Boult could "be a challenge for us guys
at the top of the order."
The pitch might be slightly less green
than the one on which New Zealand
played Sri Lanka last year when 13
wickets fell on the first day.
New Zealand went on to win that
match by 193 runs to fill out its recent
extended record of success in home
Test matches. The Basin Reserve has
a tradition of favoring batsmen and it
was on the Wellington ground two years
ago that McCullum became the first
New Zealand batsman to score a Test
New Zealand last played Australia in
Wellington in 2010, losing by 10 wickets.
The Australians hold the trans-Tasman
Test trophy after winning the last series
at home, culminating in November
with a victory in the first ever day-
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Jackson Bird...was recalled when James Pattinson was ruled out
Proteas out to
win in Pink again
South Africa are out to extend their
winning run in pink against England
at the Wanderers.
The hosts, who trail the one-day
international series only 2-1 with two
to play after their seven-wicket win at
Centurion on Tuesday, have a perfect
three-out-of-three record in the annual
South Africa have yet to be beaten
in the fixture in which they have taken
the field wearing pink - instead of their
accustomed green and yellow, in sup-
port of breast-cancer charities and
awareness - for the past three years at
"We have got a good record here,
not only in pink, but in ODIs at the
Wanderers," he said.
"It doesnt happen in one or two
overs... and I hope we can keep up our
record and put a bit more pressure on
in this series, which I think is building
more on them than us at the moment."
South Africa knocked off 318 for eight
at SuperSport Park, and were in pursuit
of 399 for nine in the series-opener in
Bloemfontein last week when a storm
broke and consigned them to a Duck-
Abbott added: "Chasing 320 the
other night gives us a lot of confidence
- because we feel in that first game as
well, we were in the mix.
"Weve got our plans; weve done our
research on (England), so were pretty
confident... to keep them quiet."
Abbotts lot may be unenviable at
times, trying to prevent boundaries at
a ground where huge totals are the
He said: "Even a shot thats not that
well timed can go for four or six here,
so that is challenging.
"But if it does get away from us dur-
ing an over, its important we close it
out and keep it to a 10-run over and
not a 15 or 20 that can change a game.
"Theres a short side to the playing
area, so were going to have to manage
that not only from a bowling side but
batting as well---with left and right
Three of South Africas ICC World
Twenty20 squad are set to face England
in next weeks tour match at Paarl.
David Miller, Farhaan Beradien and
Aaron Phangiso were selected on
Wednesday for both the World Twen-
ty20 and the two-match series against
They will also face the tourists for
South Africa A in the warm-up fixture
on Wednesday, when Morne van Wyk
will be captain---while Wayne Parnell
and Beuran Hendricks return after
Bird recalled for Aussies against Kiwis
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