De Villiers and Duminy welcome victory in the first ODI.

De Villiers and Duminy sink New Zealand

Batsman AB De Villiers and JP Duminy completed what seamer Vernon Philander and leg-spinner Imran Tahir started, as South Africa comfortably beat New Zealand by six wickets in the first ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Philander - almost the complete package.

ODI series preview: SA v New Zealand

Make no mistake, the Black Caps and Proteas' preparation for next year's World Cup starts now. Three ODIs in the same country that will host the 2015 limited-overs showpiece bring plenty of experimentation and fine-tuning.

De Villiers - characteristically confident.

De Villiers moves on from Smith, Kallis days

Captain AB de Villiers has insisted South Africa will succeed in this month's three-ODI series against New Zealand, despite the absence of the veteran Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.

Opportunity knocks.

Neesham to open against Proteas

Captain Brendon McCullum has confirmed all-rounder Jimmy Neesham will open the batting alongside the experienced Martin Guptill, come New Zealand's opening ODI against South Africa at the Bay Oval this week.

Phangiso - raring to go.

Phangiso hasn't done a lot of homework

Spin bowler Aaron Phangiso is determined to prove significant amid a bowling attack lined with seam bowlers, come South Africa's three-ODI series against New Zealand, which will get underway at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.