Kiwis at full strength for Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - New Zealand will field a full-strength team in today's second cricket Test against Sri Lanka after the tourists were plagued by a stomach bug in the first match.

COLOMBO - New Zealand will field a full-strength team in today's second cricket Test against Sri Lanka after the tourists were plagued by a stomach bug in the first match.

New Zealand had 13 of their 15 players laid low by upset stomachs and viral fever during the first Test in Galle last week, which Sri Lanka won by 202 runs to take the lead in the two-match series.

Skipper Daniel Vettori said the entire squad had trained over the past two days and his players were gearing up for a better show in the final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Sri Lanka .

"We need players with the ability to stand throughout the game," Vettori said before yesterday's practice session.

New Zealand will probably make one change from the team that lost in Galle, with fast bowler Daryl Tuffey expected to replace seamer Iain O'Brien.

Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara said he was wary of a New Zealand backlash, saying he had much respect for their fighting qualities. "We are expecting a tough response from New Zealand," he said. - Sapa-AFP

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