BLACKCAPS choose to bat | Franklin cleared to play

BLACKCAPS captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat after winning the toss in the first match of The National Bank One Day International Series against South Africa at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

James Franklin, who dislocated a finger at training yesterday, has been cleared to play following a fitness test earlier today.  Michael Bates has been named 12th man while Andy McKay and Tarun Nethula are the squad members not included.

Brendon McCullum (c) – Otago Volts
Doug Bracewell – Central Stags
Andrew Ellis – Canterbury Wizards
James Franklin – Wellington Firebirds
Martin Guptill – Auckland Aces
Nathan McCullum – Otago Volts
Kyle Mills – Auckland Aces
Rob Nicol – Canterbury Wizards
Jesse Ryder – Wellington Firebirds
Tim Southee – Northern Knights
Kane Williamson – Northern Knight

12th: Michael Bates – Auckland Aces

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