New Zealand’s Trent Boult is in doubt for the second Test against South Africa at Wellington, after suffering a sore hip during the first Test. The left-arm pacer did not train fully with the team in the practice session on Monday.
Boult left the field during South Africa’s second innings in the first Test after bowling 15 overs. He was expected to return to the field on the fifth and the final day, which later turned out to be a wash-out. The decision over his participation will be taken on the eve of the game and if Boult misses out, then it’ll be either be Tim Southee or Matt Henry making a comeback.
“Southee is a quality bowler, very skilled, especially in these conditions,” Temba Bavuma said on Monday. “Fortunately, we’ve played against him, I’ve played against him. We are aware of what he brings to the party. We will make sure we pay as much attention as we can to him and make sure he is not successful against us,” he added.
Meanwhile, South Africa have called up off-spinner Dane Piedt for the remaining Tests. However, he won’t be a part of the side for the second Test as he is still waiting for a confirmation of his visa and will only join the squad on weekend.
The second Test of the three-match series starts from March 16 (Thursday).