For New Zealand, the match in Hamilton is of much important as it is the series decider for the team. They lost the previous test match to South Africa with a few key players being rested from the team. The injured Ross Taylor and Trent Boult became the dents on the squad being injured in earlier matches. The team lost, but for New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen, they have “got 100% faith in the fact” that it is “the best group of test cricketers in the country.” Per Larsen, the win also depends on how the players are used. He said it is about getting into the match and about the best way to beat the opponents. He said he is “very confident” on the coach and the captain.
Thus, New Zealand will not make any changes to the team for the final test match of the series. The same team that played the last test will be on the forthcoming tests too. There is still a probability that Boult will be back to the team to lead the bowling attack. They have been playing with Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Matt Henry as seamers. The bowling attack is also backed up strongly with Jeetan Patel and Mitchell Santner. Still the team seems to lack a good combination enough to topple the visitors. When Boult was injured, Southee came up to replace him on the second test.
The two all-rounders, Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme are good additions but could not help much on the second test. Their inclusion was of no better results in both batting and bowling fronts. Larsen put them on the spot light expecting much more from them. Per the selector, the lower order where the all-rounders play much better production. Tom Latham has been bleak throughout the series. He scratched out only 24 runs so far. In ODI too, the player could not score any remarkable runs.
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