New Zealand now, will have to play without Trent Boult in the second test against South Africa. The player was injured in the first test in Dunedin on his leg. In the opening test, after the injury, the fast bowler could not bowl after the tea in the fourth day. He was one among the only two fast bowlers in the New Zealand team. Another fast bowler in the team is Neil Wagner. The player, however, did not get enough time to recover even if the match was halted on the fifth day due to rain. To replace Boult, Tim Southee is called up to join in the squad. His name is most likely to be included for the team in Wellington in the final list of player, which is still due.
Along with Mitchell Santner and Matt Henry, Southee will make the attacks stronger for New Zealand. Southee expressed his worries on Boult stating injuries as “part and parcel of cricket.” He said Boult had big workload in the previous five ODIs. This was increased after the four days of first test. Southee posed Boult as “one of the fittest guys” and said that he does everything possible to keep himself fit. He termed his dropout as unfortunate and is expecting that he would arrive in the third test in Hamilton. Boult was also injured in the match against Pakistan in a Hamilton match in this season previously. He suffered a knee injury in the match against Pakistan.
Per Southee, the team might also have some more changes. Previously, Ross Taylor was also dropped from the team due to calf injury. He was replaced by Neil Broom as a debutant at number 5. Opponent batsman Faf du Plessis said Boult as fantastic bowler and his drop out is a huge loss to New Zealand. He thinks Southee as a high-quality bowler and said New Zealand still has enough resources.
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