1st Test, Hamilton, New Zealand. Mar 18- Mar 22
The bookies don’t seem to be giving New Zealand much of a chance ahead of the 1st Test in Hamilton. After their thrashing at the hands of India during the one day series you can now get 11/2 at Boylesports on a Kiwi victory. To put the difference between the two sides into context Sachin Tendulkar alone has over 4,000 Test runs more than the whole of the New Zealand team put together.
The Kiwi’s are rewarding promising opener Martin Guptill with his test debut after a string of fine one day performances over the past few months and have promoted James Franklin up the order to bat at number six in an inexperienced looking batting line up. India look set to stick with Rahul Dravid who was clinging to his place in the recent series win over England in an otherwise formidable looking top six.
New Zealand – Probable Tim McIntosh, Martin Guptill, Daniell Flynn, Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum (WK), Daniel Vettori (C), Kyle Mills, Iain O’Brien, Chris Martin.
India – Probable Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C & WK), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
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