Piedt to bolster SA spin depth in NZ

Rachel Hardy
March 16, 2017

March 15 (ANI): In a major blow to New Zealand, pace spearhead Trent Boult has been ruled out of the second Test of the three-match series against South Africa beginning at the Basin Reserve, Wellington on Thursday.

South Africa are fielding an unchanged team from the first Test in Dunedin, which ended in a draw when the last day's play at University Oval was rained out.

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 off-spinner's last Test appearance was also against New Zealand in August 2016, after which he was dropped for Keshav Maharaj.

If Piedt does feature in South Africa's line-up for the third Test in Hamilton, it will cap a remarkable comeback of sorts for the Cape Cobras captain.

The 33-year-old right-hander has been called in as cover for injured 81-Test veteran Ross Taylor, and du Plessis is expecting his bowlers to target the Test rookie.

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"I said before the series that if we can get rid of Williamson and Taylor there's a lot of pressure on the rest of the batting lineup", du Plessis said.

South Africa have four victories from their six Tests at the Basin Reserve.

"Obviously we couldn't get rid of Kane in the first Test and they were successful as a unit". Tim Southee returns to the New Zealand lineup and replaces Trent Boult who is sidelined with a leg injury.

"So there lies the secret".

South African captain Faf du Plessis, however, could barely contain his excitement at the state of the wicket and New Zealand's injury woes.

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