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Boult ruled out of second Test against South Africa

16 March 2017

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.

But he doesn't command the same respect as Taylor and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who notched up his 16th Test century in the drawn first Test in Dunedin last week.

"It's important for us to put pressure on him, not make him feel comfortable and not giving him easy boundaries and runs so he settles". "From a bowling perspective Boult is a huge loss". While Tim Southee will return to take Boult's place it seems unlikely that the Black Caps will play two spinners on what appears to be a green top in Wellington.

"There's still a couple of question marks around a couple of players". A twin-spin attack would appear unlikely - the last time New Zealand did that at the Basin Reserve was in 2000 - which leaves Mitchell Santner vulnerable to either Colin de Grandhomnme, who would be a straight swap at No. 8, or Matt Henry who lengthen the tail.

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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.

Also in Patel's favour was having claimed Quinton de Kock's wicket in his past four innings, although du Plessis said the prodigious young gloveman did not consider himself Patel's bunny.

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. "He's a guy who's not scared of a challenge", du Plessis said.

Boult ruled out of second Test against South Africa