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McCullum Confined To Batting Role

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McCullum Confined To Batting Role

Wellington, March 6 NZPA - Brendon McCullum is poised to spend another one-day international out of the firing line with the New Zealand vice-captain almost certain to be excused from wicketkeeping duties in Christchurch on Sunday.

McCullum was positioned out of harm's way at third man when India made 188 for four before game two of the five-match series was rained out at Westpac Stadium tonight.

A badly bruised right thumb, sustained during India's 53-run win in Napier on Tuesday night, has not yet recovered sufficiently to enable McCullum to regain the gloves from debutant Peter McGlashan.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori thought McCullum would again just play as a specialist batsman -- a responsibility he avoided tonight after frequent weather disruptions ensured New Zealand never mounted a run chase.

McGlashan was tidy behind the stumps, taking a catch to dismiss Virender Sehwag for a brisk 54 from 36 deliveries -- though replays indicated the ball clipped pad, not bat.

 

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