Tuffey replaces Bennett for New Zealand

International cricket chiefs on Sunday approved New Zealand's Daryl Tuffey as a replacement player for the injured Hamish Bennett at the World Cup. The Black Caps originally called up seamer Tuffey into their squad on Wednesday as cover for Kyle Mills. Bennett suffered an injury to his left ankle and Achilles muscle while bowling during New Zealand's loss to Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Friday. He is the first player to be replaced due to injury in the New Zealand squad for the event.

The 32-year-old Tuffey has played 94 one-day internationals, taking 110 wickets. Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori believes he will be fit to face South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals following missing two matches with a knee injury. "I should be all right to get through the batting and bowling, it is just the running around that is hampering me a little bit," said Vettori. "But I still have a few days left and I am confident of being available."


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