New Zealand Didn't Back Their Pacers, Says SA Spinner Dane Piedt

Ross Taylor through a minor calf tear.

It is a cruel blow, with in-form Taylor having historically thrived at Hamilton's Seddon Park. With New Zealand expected to play two spinners in the third Test, Mitchell Santner now becomes a certainty to take over that role, alongside Jeetan Patel.

That inclusion could come at the expense of any number of players.

Allrounder Colin de Grandhomme was one of several poor dismissals against South Africa in Wellington and he could make way for an extra spinner in Hamilton.

There are problems further up the order, with opening Tom Latham having failed to pass 10 in his last eight worldwide innings.

With no batting reserves Neil Broom will have an opportunity to make up for his disappointing Test debut where he managed 0 and 20 in his two efforts.

"We need to get him back to making those good decisions and everything else will flow from there". One of his decisions was poor, to drive when it wasn't full enough to drive, and he acknowledged that.

"We've got the best players in New Zealand in the squad", McMillan said.

Craig Macmillan's praise for the Kiwi skipper is completely justified as well since Williamson averages 53.65 runs at the Number 3 spot since 2011.

Williamson would not be moved down the order and remained the "best No 3 in the world", McMillan said. They give you more good balls you've got to defend, make life more hard and challenge a lot of areas. "Kane is very mentally strong around that, it's a position he enjoys so I don't see any point at all in tweaking that".

McMillan described the performance as "unacceptable" but said that did not mean there would be wholesale changes to the line-up.

Larsen said if there were other opening batting candidates who were "shooting the lights out and putting in front of the selectors really compelling reasons to pick them then we would have had that discussion (about dropping Latham).so I guess that's a challenge from me to domestic batsmen - 'get out there and put the numbers up".

"But [SA] have come prepared to face anything and they've stood up to produce the goods".

If Boult does return it may leave Tim Southees place in the XI in doubt, with Neil Wagner proving to be tricky for the Proteas to handle in the series so far.

  • Julie Sanders