Left arm pace bowler Trent Boult will miss New Zealand’s second test against South Africa after failing to recover from a leg injury he sustained in the first game in Dunedin, fellow opening bowler Tim Southee said.
Southee, who was omitted for the game at University Oval as New Zealand opted for two spinners, will replace Boult in the starting side.
Batsman Neil Broom would also make his test debut in place of the injured Ross Taylor, Southee said, though they had still not finalised the remainder of their team for the match at the Basin Reserve starting on Thursday.
“There are still a couple of question marks around a couple of the players,” Southee told reporters on Wednesday.
Much of the debate in New Zealand centres around whether Jeetan Patel or Mitchell Santner would be the first-choice spinner if the hosts, as expected, revert to a three-pronged pace attack.
Matt Henry looms as the most likely third seaming option for the hosts along with Southee and Neil Wagner, with the wicket at the Basin Reserve offering a green tinge on Wednesday after several days of heavy rain and inclement weather in Wellington.
Wagner had a heavy workload in Dunedin, bowling 58 overs, with Boult only able to bowl 15 in South Africa’s second innings before he left the field.
Southee said the left-armer had dialed it down in training in the leadup to the test.