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Australia rests players for NZ clash

By Adam Cooper 08/11/2003 05:27:50 AM Comments (0)

Australia is certain to rest some of its players for Sunday's tri-series cricket match against New Zealand in Guwahati.

With its place booked in the November 18 final at Calcutta, the Australians are set to rest keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and paceman Brad Williams.

Jimmy Maher will take the gloves and could bat at the top of the order and fellow Queenslander Michael Kasprowicz will take the ball.

It will be an emotional comeback for Kasprowicz, who last represented Australia in the 2001 Test series here but has not played a one-day international for his country since 1998-99.

Australia will fly to the north-east city of Guwahati, just south of the Bhutan border, and have a light training session before Sunday's 8.30am start.

Australia can expect a fierce challenge from the Black Caps, who beat the host nation in Cuttack to keep alive their chances of reaching the final.

But they will need to bat better than they have against Australia in the two matches here so far, having slumped to 5-21 in Faridabad and then 4-21 in Pune.

Australia won both matches, to take its winning streak over New Zealand to five.

Rival captains Ricky Ponting and Stephen Fleming will be hopeful the toss does not have the impact it has had in the two earlier matches between the sides, after the ball seamed around early to make it tough for the Kiwi top order.

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