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ODI specialists give Kiwis hope

For both teams, the three-ODI series will serve as perfect preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy
Brendon McCullum hopes that the introduction of several new players will revive his side after the 2-0 loss in the Tests when it faces England in a three-match One-Day International series starting at Lord’s on Friday (May 31).

New Zealand is set to take the field without Trent Boult, who aggravated a side strain at Headingley. Ian Butler is on stand-by should Boult be ruled out.

Daniel Vettori, who ruled himself unfit to play at Headingley because of concerns over an Achilles injury, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills and Grant Elliott are all part of the ODI squad, along with Mitchell McClenaghan, Colin Munro and Luke Ronchi, who looks set to make his debut for New Zealand.

It’s likely that Ronchi will keep wickets and open the batting. England will now be under the guidance of Ashley Giles, the ODI coach, as Andy Flower takes a break to plot the defence of the Ashes, which starts at Trent Bridge in July.

Whereas the ODIs and the Champions Trophy represent New Zealand’s best chance of success on this tour, for many within English cricket, they are something of an interlude before the real thing – the Ashes.

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