Blackcaps v Sri Lanka: Debutant opener Chad Bowes embraces opportunity with ODI World Cup places up for grabs

With the one-day international Cricket World Cup just six months away, you would forgive Blackcap debutant Chad Bowes dreaming for of more.

But the exciting opener is keeping his feet firmly planted after playing in his first game for New Zealand against Sri Lanka at Eden Park.

The 30-year-old has also been included in the Blackcaps T20 squad to play Sri Lanka and Pakistan, with several senior players ruled out through IPL commitments.

Bowes' ascent comes after years of domestic success with Canterbury, following his move from South Africa to chase international aspirations.

He finally realised his dream eight years later on Saturday, and will be looking to make the most of his chances in a bid to win favour with coach Gary Stead for the World Cup in India.

"Very exciting," Bowes said. "Obviously, those opportunities are there, so the reality is there are potential changes in a World Cup year.

"For me, I'm just here to embrace the moment and to represent my country proudly. If that leads to performance and future selection, so be it.

"But that's not my focus, but the reality is there are a lot of grabs for this whole group."

Bowes' first taste of international cricket saw him make 14 runs at the top of the Blackcaps' order in a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka.

He will have another opportunity at this domestic ground of Hagley Oval on Tuesday, as New Zealand looked to wrap up the series with a game to spare.

Bowes' parents will be there again to watch their son play for his adopted country, having already booked their flights from South Africa before he was picked for the Blackcaps.

"I think it was written in the stars to be honest, because they booked their flights four months ago, not expecting any of this to happen," he said.

"Mom was already here for a week and a half, and dad moved his flights slightly earlier and got in at midnight the night before the game in Auckland.

"They were always going to be here over this time, and it was just a very cool occasion."

Bowes could well be fighting for one of only a couple of spots up for grabs in the mind of Blackcaps coach Stead.

Stead revealed much of his team is settled, but there will always be opportunities for those willing to play for the team first.

"For us, it's not so much about staking a claim, I think we are 80, 85 percent got our side sorted in our minds of what that's likely to look like," he said.

"The opportunities have come about because the IPL guys are away, so in a way, that's the opportune thing, is that it helps us naturally build depth. These guys are getting opportunities that they might not have got, which is exciting for us as well.

"The whole team aspect is really important to us, and they're playing for the team first and foremost, we are not looking for guys to go out individually and stake claims."