South Africa to bowl against injury-hit New Zealand

Stephen Cook needs runs urgently

South Africa's luck with the coin on this tour continued as Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bowl on a sunny, calm Wellington day.

Neil Broom wins his first test cap and will bat at number four for New Zealand, who have strengthened their batting by including all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme at number eight with Jeetan Patel retained as the only spinner.

Taylor's replacement, Neil Broom, is to make his test debut at the age of 33, while number five Henry Nicholls is still trying to cement his place in global cricket. Maharaj was the lone spinner to be picked up for the current Test series against New Zealand, but on surfaces which have been surprisingly spinner-friendly, the national selectors have chose to boost their spin options.

South Africa were unchanged from the side that drew the first game in Dunedin in which the final day was washed out with the match delicately poised.

Du Plessis admitted the squeeze will be on Broom, a veteran batsman but one feeling his way into test cricket.


Mar. 14 (ANI): South African off-spinner Dane Piedt has been added to the squad for the third Test against New Zealand, beginning March 25 in Hamilton.

The loss of Taylor means captain Kane Williamson is New Zealand's sole batting figurehead and "if we get through him we can put some real pressure on their batters".

"We couldn't get rid of Kane in the first test and they were successful as a unit".

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. "There lies the secret".

South Africa were also weighing up whether to change their line-up with du Plessis saying the playing XI would be decided by the state of the pitch on Thursday morning.

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