Wellington - All-rounder Mitchell Santner has come into the Black Caps
squad for the second Test against Pakistan, having made a quick recovery from a
fractured wrist three weeks ago.
Santner replaces Jimmy Neesham in the squad, who will rejoin
the Otago Volts. An x-ray today showed Santner's left wrist to have healed
enough to make him available for the match starting Friday.
Ross Taylor’s status for the second Test is still yet to be
confirmed, with the 32-year-old to see another eye specialist in the coming
days. Northern Districts batsman Dean Brownlie will join the squad as cover for
Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said: “It’s obviously
pleasing to have Mitchell back with the team ahead of the second Test. With him
and Todd in the team, it gives us the opportunity to play two spinners if
required. Mitchell brings all-round ability and is coming off a strong tour of
“We’re still waiting on a little more information on Ross
before we make any decision on his availability for the second Test. Dean will
come in as cover, but we should know more in the next couple of days.”
A further update will be provided on Taylor following his
New Zealand won the first Test in Christchurch despite
losing the entire first day to rain after stellar debuts by Jeet Raval and
Colin de Grandhomme.