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Selection dilemma for Kiwis

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM

NAPIER, New Zealand (AP):

New Zealand's Cricket World Cup match against Afghanistan was shaping up as one of its least demanding in Pool A, until selection dilemmas came into play.

Afghanistan are unlikely to disturb New Zealand's unbeaten progress through the tournament - the World Cup co-hosts top the group with four wins - but there are issues around the match which may have to be carefully negotiated.

New Zealand have used the same 11 for every match so far, leaving the four additional members of their squad without match practice.

In a meticulously planned campaign, it is likely coach Mike Hesson and captain Brendon McCullum already know the line-up for tomorrow, but it hasn't yet been revealed publicly, and there will be interest in seeing whether New Zealand gives fresh players a start.

McCullum indicated earlier that the four squad members who haven't yet played - his brother Nathan, veteran seamer Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan and batsman Tom Latham - will play during the pool stages. With matches remaining against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, that rotation now seems

possible.

Mills and Latham are widely expected to play against Afghanistan, Latham in place of all-rounder Corey Anderson and Mills for the young speedster Adam Milne. But the selection issues are delicate.

Most importantly, it has been eight days since New Zealand beat Australia by one wicket at Eden Park, and it will be another seven days, after Sunday's match at McLean Park, before it plays its last pool match against Bangladesh at Hamilton.

Today's matches

5 p.m: New Zealand vs Afghanistan

10:30 p.m: Australia vs Sri Lanka