Black Caps captain Kane Williamson will be among the keen observers to see how Australia manages the transition from quarantine to the centre of Hagley Oval.
Otago kept its playoffs prospects alive with gutsy 31-run win against Canterbury in Queenstown yesterday.
North East Valley strike bowlers Jarrod McKay and Corey Perrett teamed up to help dismiss Taieri for a paltry 103 at Brooklands on Saturday.
Canterbury strengthened its claim to a spot in the one-day playoffs with a tenacious 54-run win against Otago in Queenstown yesterday.
Kyle Jamieson might even have enough for a deposit on a three-bedroom bungalow in Auckland’s inner suburbs, after hitting the jackpot in the IPL auction earlier yesterday morning.
With role models such as Brad Thorn and Ryan Giggs, who knows how long Neil Broom can continue playing cricket for Otago?
Highlanders coach Tony Brown has named a couple of All Blacks and one former one in his starting side for his team’s final preseason encounter against the Hurricanes in Alexandra tomorrow.
Top-order batsman Nick Kelly and seamer Travis Muller remain in doubt for Otago’s one-dayers against Canterbury in Queenstown on Friday and Sunday.
The New Zealand XI thumped 316 for five and took 12 wickets to seal victory against England in a warm-up one-day game in Queenstown yesterday.
The Otago Boys’ High School team claimed the honours at the annual Spartan 10s tournament at Miller Park on Saturday.
Combined team Carisbrook-Dunedin-Kaikorai cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win against Albion in the dress rehearsal for the final.