Australia crushed New Zealand in the first test of the series by an innings and 52 runs. After the humiliating loss, New Zealand has announced the same 13-man squad for the second test as well.
The Kiwi veteran batsman Ross Taylor and their new star spinner, Mitchell Santner could not make into the squad for the second test due to injuries. Ross Taylor suffered a muscle tear in his left side against Pakistan during the ODI series. On the other hand, Santner has not been able to completely recover from bone bruising in his right foot.
According to the Blackcaps’ coach, Mike Hesson, everyone wants to play against Australia, but, the injury to both the players are keeping them out, which is indeed disappointing. The medical staff has worked hard with the players to get them fit, but, unfortunately, they just ran out of time.
Both the players are eyeing a comeback during the upcoming mega event of World T20. Henry Nicholls and Mark Craig are likely to replace both the players respectively. Henry Nicholls has put up an impressive show with the bat so far, he scored 59 runs in his debut test match.
The second contest of the series will be the last test match for the aggressive Kiwi skipper, Brendon McCullum. New Zealand will look to give their captain, a memorable send off.