Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Boult ruled out of second Test

Boult ruled out of second Test

Southee, who was omitted for the game at University Oval as New Zealand opted for two spinners, will replace Boult in the starting side.

South Africa has won the toss and will bowl in the second test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve today.

But Seddon Park in Hamilton‚ where the deciding match of the rubber may be played‚ could well be receptive enough to turn to prompt South Africa to pick two practitioners of slow poison.

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.

If the wicket dictates just one spinner, New Zealand may overlook Mitchell Santner in favour of Jeetan Patel who bore the brunt of the workload in Dunedin.

The injury throws up a selection conundrum for New Zealand.

Ross Taylor is also unavailable for the second Test with a calf injury.

They named an unchanged XI, resisting the temptation to strengthen the pace attack, and du Plessis said he thought there could be some swing early on with the temperature having lifted a little.

With the first Test a stalemate, Wellington is effectively the start of a two-Test series which du Plessis said heightened the need to get a result.

Piedt could be drafted into the line-up for the third Test if the Hamilton pitch is similar to the spin-friendly surface that was used for two One-Day Internationals.

"It's a tough job, especially from a seamers' perspective", he said.

Although the last Test in 2012 was drawn, Vernon Philander took six for 81 in the first innings and Morne Morkel collected his career best six for 23 in the second.

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