Ross Taylor has been ruled out of the second Test against South Africa due to a calf injury he suffered in the Dunedin game. Neil Broom, who recently made an ODI comeback, has been named as his replacement for the Wellington Test. 

However, Taylor’s condition will be reassessed before the third and final Test, which starts from March 25 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Mike Hesson, New Zealand’s head coach, said the 33-year-old Broom was an obvious choice before stating Colin Munro is not the batsman the selection committee wanted. Northern Districts’ Dean Brownlie also wasn’t considered due to an injury.

“We were keen to have somebody who had plenty of playing experience. Somebody who played pace well, and obviously Neil’s had the advantage of seeing a little bit of South Africa earlier on in the month,” Hesson was quoted as saying by Radiosport.co.nz.

Earlier, the scans revealed a low-grade tear to Taylor’s right calf when he came out to bat against South Africa on Thursday.

The Christchurch-born Broom is likely to make his Test debut in the second Test, which starts from Thursday (March 16) at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

“In terms of the middle order role he was an obvious selection for us,” Hesson added.

On the other hand, the first Test between the hosts and Proteas resulted in a draw after the final day was washed out due to rain.

“We’ve got quite an inexperienced batting line-up,” Hesson further said.

Neil Broom has played 30 One-Day Internationals and 11 Twenty20 Internationals for the Black Caps since making his debut in 2009. He averages 38.49 in 136 first-class games, where he has scored 4,119 runs with eight centuries and 23 half-centuries.

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