Black Caps duo miss Wellington Test

15 March 2017 08:52:57 EST
Trent Boult

New Zealand striker bowler Trent Boult has joined Ross Taylor on the sidelines for the second Test against South Africa.

Taylor is out with a torn calf, while Boult has been withdrawn from the squad on the eve of the Wellington Test with a hip/pelvis injury.

As bowlers we've all played here enough to know what to expect.

Tim Southee

Boult was hurt during the drawn first Test in Dunedin.

In his absence the Black Caps are looking to stack their batting line-up.

Spinner Mitchell Santner is set to be dropped and Jeetan Patel is likely to be handed a coveted first home ground Test at age 36.

Colin de Grandhomme is likely to get the nod at No 8, with selectors pondering the axe for seamer Matt Henry.

Tim Southee and Neil Wagner look set to go into the match as New Zealand's only recognised pace bowlers.

Neil Broom will come in for his Test debut at the age of 33, having played 136 first-class matches.

"He's been dreaming of this moment for a long time and the chance to go out there," Southee said of Broom. "The guys back him. He's shown glimpses this summer that he's capable of performing at international level."

Henry's expected axe is due to his Test average of 56, wheras he's shown good form at domestic level and took a nine-wicket bag against Wellington at the Basin Reserve last month.

"There's a lot of discussions; you've also got to balance up your attack to take 20 wickets to win a Test match," said Southee.

"It's finding the perfect side that can obviously score runs but also you've got to be able to take 20 wickets."

Southee was dropped to accommodate two spinners in Dunedin. Without Boult he'll carry a hefty burden as New Zealand face a rare situation of being without their strike duo for successive tests.

"As bowlers we've all played here enough to know what to expect," he said. "Hopefully the wind isn't as strong as it has been in the past. It's something you have to deal with, the wind is going to be up at some stage."

New Zealand are 10/3 to win the second Test against South Africa, who are 4/6.

The Black Caps are 11/8 to have a first innings lead.

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