McCullum looks for ODI relief

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Daniel Vettori.— PHOTO: REUTERS
Daniel Vettori.— PHOTO: REUTERS

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hopes a change of format and the introduction of several new players will revive his side from the depths of a Test whitewash when it faces England in a three-match one-day series starting at Lord’s on Friday.

For both teams, this series will serve as a warm-up for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales.

McCullum would also like it to act as a pick-me-up for a squad that suffered a 247-run hammering by England in the second and final Test at Headingley on Tuesday.

Friday’s match will see New Zealand return to Lord’s where it lost the first Test by 170 runs after collapsing to 68 all out in the second innings.

Meanwhile, left-arm seamer Trent Boult was ruled out of the one-day series and is now set to miss the subsequent Champions Trophy tournament as well.

Boult suffered a side injury during New Zealand's defeat at Headingley, concluded on Tuesday, and bowled just two overs in England's second innings.

An MRI scan on Wednesday confirmed the initial diagnosis of a muscle tear in Boult's right side, ruling him out of a three-match series with England.

Former captain 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 will all add experience.

The teams (from): England : Alastair Cook (capt.), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes.

New Zealand : Brendon McCullum (capt./wk), Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori and Kane Williamson. —AFP

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