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Vettori looks for all round form

New Zealand skipper, Daniel Vettori believes the form of his side's all-rounders and pace bowlers will be crucial to the Black Caps chances of success at the World Twenty20.

Vettori said: "I think teams will look to make the most of their all-rounders. We do have a couple of guys who fit into that category, notably Jacob Oram and Scott Styris so it gives us a nice balance to the attack.

"Teams are going to look to bring on their strike bowlers at any stage. I think any team that carries a good pace attack, which I think we do, is going to have an advantage right from the top."

The Kiwis trained, on Tuesday, at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban, to prepare for their tournament opener against Kenya.

The African minnows proved they are not to be taken lightly in their warm-up match triumph over Bangladesh recently.

The Black Caps will look to Brendon McCullum to get them off to a flier in their Twenty20 campaign.

McCullum has moved up the order in the absence of former-ODI captain Stephen Fleming, a move that might be carried over into the one-day arena after the World Twenty20.

Vettori added: "We are going to look at our 15-man squad in terms of composition. We haven't finalised anything so we're not too sure but obviously Brendon is going to open in these games and it does open opportunities for the one-day game.

"I think he will bat down the order in Test matches. In some ways it's a dress rehearsal and we just want him to go and play the way he does. He's an attacking guy. I think you need those guys at the top of the order.

"We're looking at him and Lou Vincent hopefully being an opening combination for a long time."

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