Hesson likely to rotate XI for Afghanistan

8:01 am on 2 March 2015

The New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson says he is likely to rotate his playing XI for Sunday's World Cup group match against Afghanistan in Napier.

The Black Caps' Tim Southee, left, and Brendon McCullum in action against England.

Photo: PHOTOSPORT / AFP

The Black Caps have four wins from four games at the tournament after Saturday night's thrilling one-wicket win over Australia in Auckland, and should top pool A with only the Afghans and Bangladesh left to play.

Sunday's game presents itself as the ideal opportunity for Hesson to to rest a few players, including captain Brendon McCullum, who took a heavy knock to the arm in the win over Australia.

Hesson says it was always a balancing act.

While the Black Caps next face what should be their easiest two games at the Cricket World Cup, Hesson says he'll have no problems motivating his players.

If they win those two matches they will qualify top of pool A.

New Zealand now has a couple of days off before preparing for Sunday's game against Afghanistan in Napier and their final group game against Bangladesh on Friday week.

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