Tuesday 17 June 2008 

Grant Elliot Set For One Day International Debut

South African-born all-rounder Grant Elliott will make his One Day International debut for New Zealand against England in the second match at Edgbaston tomorrow (June 18th).

Elliott, called up to the side after Jacob Oram suffered a hamstring injury, has been brought in to replace out of form batsman James Marshall and should give captain Daniel Vettori more options with the ball.

Elliott earned his Test debut in the winter, scoring five runs and taking one wicket against England at Napier.

England, who won the opening match at Chester-le-Street by 114 runs, have brought in Andrew Strauss as a replacement for Alastair Cook, who has a shoulder injury but England may be tempted to continue with Ian Bell opening alongside Luke Wright after the pair added 48 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Steve Harmison, retired from One Day Internationals but pushing for a Test recall, has injured a hand warming up for a Twenty20 game with Durham against Lancashire, lessening his chances of playing against South Africa later this summer.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum, Jamie How, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Daniel Flynn, Grant Elliot, Gareth Hopkins (wicket-keeper), Daniel Vettori (captain), Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Michael Mason

England: (probable) Luke Wright, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (captain), Owais Shah, Ravi Bopara, Tim Ambrose (wicket-keeper), Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson

© Cricket World 2008

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