Injury rules Boult out of second Test

Beth Cruz
March 16, 2017

With the second test starting at the Basin Reserve tomorrow, New Zealand will be without both senior batsman Ross Taylor, with a calf injury, and left arm swing bowler Trent Boult, who has an upper left leg injury.

Off-spinner Piedt‚ who played the most recent of his seven tests against New Zealand in Centurion in August‚ will join the squad at the weekend‚ visa permitting.

Taylor's replacement, Neil Broom, is to make his test debut at the age of 33, while number five Henry Nicholls is still trying to cement his place in global cricket. Patel wins the spinner's spot as De Grandhomme comes in for Santner - obviously looking for a bit of extra batting prowess further down the order.

Broom, who has played 30 ODIs and 11 Twenty20s for New Zealand, takes a solid first-class record into his first Test.

Although neither team has been announced, Boult's long-time new-ball partner Tim Southee, who was dropped for the first Test despite picking 28 wickets in his previous five matches, confirmed he was back in the side. "There's still a couple of question marks over a couple of players", Southee said.

The loss of Taylor means captain Kane Williamson is New Zealand's sole batting figurehead and "if we get through him we can put some real pressure on their batters".

The 27-year-old has played in 7 Tests for South Africa, the last of which came against the Black Caps at Centurion in 2016.

South Africa were also weighing up whether to change their line-up with du Plessis saying the playing XI would be decided by the state of the pitch on Thursday morning.

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