Wellington - Ross Taylor and Mitchell
Santner were on Monday ruled out of the New Zealand side for the second Test
against Australia as they look to atone for their first Test thumping.
Neither has recovered sufficiently from the
injuries that side-lined them from the first Test, coach Mike Hesson said.
Australia won the first Test in Wellington
by an innings and 52 runs and victory in the second Test starting in
Christchurch on Saturday would see them replace India as the top-ranked team in
Senior batsman Taylor suffered a muscle
tear in his left side during last month's one-day series against Pakistan, and
left-arm spinner Santner has a bruised heel from the ODIs against Australia
"Everyone wants to play against
Australia, so both guys are understandably disappointed to be missing
out," said Hesson.
"The players and the medical staff
worked hard to be available for the match, but in the end ran out of
Both players are said to be on track to be
available to play in the World Twenty20 in India next month.
Henry Nicholls and Mark Craig, who replaced
Taylor and Santner for the first Test and were two of the better New Zealand
performers will remain with the side for the second Test.