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Proteas bring best of the best to Bay Oval as Blackcaps summer begins

World Cup preparations continue for the Blackcaps as they begin their 2014/2015 campaign officially tomorrow in the opening match of the ANZ Series against South Africa.

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The lineup that the Proteas have brought over isn’t to be scoffed about either.

All the big names have touched down in New Zealand including Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, and of course their captain AB de Villiers.

Steyn and de Villiers are absolute world class cricketers, arguably the world’s best batsmen and bowler is in this side alone.

Whichever way you look at it, the Proteas are sporting a terrifically strong side in this series.

News out of the Blackcaps camp this morning was that Jimmy Neesham will open the batting for the Blackcaps with Martin Guptill. Daniel Vettori also makes his return to international cricket, finally, and TIm Southee will sit out the first ODI as Mike Hesson looks to rest his star bowler.

In what promises to be an interesting series, it is imperative that the Blackcaps just find their feet in this series.

If results don’t go the way of the Blackcaps, it will be an un ideal way to start the summer.

But there is simply just so much cricket ahead for all these players that a 2-1 series loss wouldn’t be the end of the world either. The NZ Public will jump on the bandwagon if a series victory were to occur, but even with such an exciting series to begin the summer, wins or losses won’t impact upon the World Cup chances for or against at this point in time.

Daniel Vettori’s performance should be the thing people watch, and his return to international cricket after all this time should see a pretty decent tune in tomorrow.

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