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De Villiers back for South Africa’s last WCup warm-up

February 10, 2015

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa captain A.B. de Villiers was passed fit to rejoin the lineup against New Zealand at Hagley Oval on Wednesday, his team’s last warm-up match ahead of the World Cup.

De Villiers complained of stiffness in one hip when he missed a rain-shortened warm-up against Sri Lanka on Monday which the Proteas won by five wickets.

Team spokesman Lerato Malekutu said de Villiers’ omission was “merely a precautionary measure to ensure he doesn’t suffer any further discomfort.”

South Africa decided to use all 15 squad members in Wednesday’s match, which is not an official one-day international.

New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided his team would bat on the ground on which it will play Sri Lanka in the opening World Cup match on Saturday.

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