BLACKCAPS bat first in Wellington

Stephen Fleming elected to bat first as the BLACKCAPS start their National Bank One-Day series against the West Indies in Wellington.

Fleming, returning to the capital, keeps Jeetan Patel in the side – the spinner returning to the scene of his match-winning performance against Sri Lanka.

Lou Vincent misses out, while Daniel Vettori comes in for the erstwhile Chris Cairns from the side who won international cricket’s first bowl-off at the Eden Park Twenty20.

BLACKCAPS: Jamie How, Nathan Astle, Stephen Fleming (captain), Peter Fulton, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Shane Bond, Michael Mason, Jeetan Patel (substitute).

West Indies: Christopher Gayle, Daren Ganga, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Runako Morton, Wavell Hinds, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (captain), Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Ian Bradshaw, Deighton Butler, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Rawl Lewis (substitute)

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