New Zealand vs India: Brendon McCullum resists playing four seamers in 1st Test

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum prefers unleashing young spinner Ish Sodhi on India when the two sides begin the first Test in Auckland on Thursday.

updated: February 05, 2014 13:31 IST
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Auckland: Hoping that Indian batsmen would be flummoxed by in-form leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Wednesday, resisted the "temptation" to have four seamers and named an unchanged team for the first Test of the two-match series starting in Auckland on Thursday. (Trent Boult vows to unleash swing on India)

New Zealand named an unchanged XI from the side that beat the West Indies recently to face India in the first Test. (India need a draw to retain 2nd spot in ICC Test rankings)

"We are naming an unchanged eleven, which is a reward for the consistency we have shown against the West Indies," said McCullum. (1st Test: New Zealand confident of upsetting India)

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