Boult out of second Test

New Zealand's left arm swing bowler Trent Boult is out of the second test against South Africa, starting at the Basin Reserve tomorrow.

The greener the better in Wellington has been New Zealand's mantra in the past.

Southee will miss his regular new ball partner Boult, but said he was simply not right to play in the test.

"For me it's just a case that you've got a guy, you've managed to keep him quiet through the one-day series, and that as a team is pretty important", du Plessis said yesterday.

New Zealand will know that and they will also know they can't wait for Hamilton, where Boult is expected to be back but Taylor, who has a low-grade calf tear, could still be on the sidelines, to make their move.

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".

"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 worldwide cricket".

But, although Broom has yet to play a Test, Hesson believes he has enough experience to make the grade.

Currently‚ the only slow bowler in the visitors' ranks is left-armer Keshav Maharaj‚ who took 5/94 in New Zealand's only innings in the drawn first test at University Oval in Dunedin. "We have quite an inexperienced batting line up, so we were keen to have somebody who had plenty of playing experience, somebody who played pace well and obviously Neil has the advantage of seeing a bit of South Africa earlier on", he said.

The South Africans discovered that for themselves during the one-day series‚ when spinners claimed 10 of the 24 wickets that fell in the two matches played on Hamilton's sticky‚ grippy surfaces.

Piedt had fallen out of favour in the longer format, with selectors backing Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi in Australia.

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