Trent Boult got his international season off to a cracking start at Mumbai in the opening ODI against India.
Otago will have some empathy for Canterbury but very little in the way of sympathy.
New Otago recruit Matt Bacon has made a good early impression with a five-wicket haul to help Albion defeat Kaikorai by six wickets in the twenty20 final on Saturday.
Colin Munro will get first dibs on the vacant ODI opening spot when New Zealand's three-game series against India starts in Mumbai tonight.
COMMENT: There is a lot to look forward to this summer but the biggest treat will come at the end of the season when England arrives for five one-day internationals and two tests.
Former international batsman Rob Nicol has moved South to Otago this season and will captain the team in all three formats.
Two sound individual knocks have led New Zealand to a 33-run win over an Indian President's XI in their final one-day warm up match in Mumbai.
Otago and Black Caps left-armer Neil Wagner has been named as one of the New Zealand Cricket Almanack’s two players of the year.
Otago coach Rob Walter had some tough decisions to make before naming his first squad of the season yesterday.
Former Otago cricketer Nick Beard has talked some of his old team-mates into shaving their heads for a good cause.
The New Zealand cricketers have been beaten by 30 runs by an Indian Board President's XI in their tour opener in Mumbai.
Otago all-rounder Shawn Hicks is hoping his move south pans out as well as it did for his new team-mate and now rival, Jimmy Neesham.
Green Island’s unbeaten start to the Dunedin senior twenty/20 club cricket season came to an abrupt end at the hands of Carisbrook-Dunedin on Saturday.
Otago will take some confidence into its opening Plunket Shield match having beaten Canterbury by six wickets in a warm-up match at Molyneux Park this week.
John McGlashan College is the new caretaker of the McCullum Cup.
The International Cricket Council has ratified the proposal for a nine-team test championship from 2019 at its board meeting in Auckland today.
Ken McClure led the fightback for Canterbury with an undefeated century on day three of the four-day warm-up match against Otago in Alexandra.
King's High School has emerged as the favourite to claim the McCullum Cup after posting back-to-back wins on the opening day at different venues in Dunedin.
Former New Zealand representatives Brendon McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan will have some unexpected free time next month.
Otago and Black Caps left-armer Neil Wagner may well want to bat a bit higher in the order this summer after posting an undefeated century.