Boult out, Southee in, Broom to debut in second test

Boult out, Southee in, Broom to debut in second test

Boult out, Southee in, Broom to debut in second test

The Black Caps will tackle South Africa in the second Test at Wellington's Basin Reserve without opening bowler Trent Boult.

Piedt had played the last of his seven Tests against New Zealand, in Centurion, 2016, but was later axed in favour of Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi - for the tour of Australia as well as the home series against Sri Lanka.

New Zealand will be fielding an unproven middle order with Neil Broom to make his test debut, Henry Nicholls and Jimmy Neesham at No 6.

South Africa has named an unchanged line-up to the one which drew the first test.

Not that he needed it, but New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was given a little bonus dollop of pressure from opposite Faf du Plessis today.

New Zealand's situation is not helped by the loss of batsman Ross Taylor and injury concerns surrounding fast bowler Trent Boult who has until Wednesday evening to prove his fitness.

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Broom has already faced the Proteas this summer, managing scores of just two, two and zero in last month's one-day global series - a recent record which underlies du Plessis' confidence in his bowling attack.

The Proteas have added off-spinner Dane Piedt to their squad for the third Test against New Zealand, set to take place in Hamilton on March 25.

"We couldn't get rid of Kane in the first test and they were successful as a unit".

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.

"So there lies the secret".

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