Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Boult out of second SA test

Boult out of second SA test

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

New Zealand have made three changes from Dunedin.

Tim Southee, who was left out of the first Test to allow the Black Caps to accommodate two spinners, will replace Boult although the final XI will not be named until the morning.

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.

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"I said before the series that if we can get rid of Williamson and Taylor there's a lot of pressure on the rest of the batting lineup", du Plessis said. He's a guy who's not scared of a challenge.

The left-arm pacer had left the field on Day Four of the Test match after bowling just 15 overs in South Africa's second innings. "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.

Boult's absence means New Zealand have lost two of their most experienced players with Ross Taylor having also been ruled out with his calf injury.

Fine weather is forecast throughout the second Test apart from Saturday when strong southerly winds and some rain are expected.

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