New Zealand v South Africa, 1st Test, Dunedin, 5th day March 12, 2017

Broom called up for injured Taylor


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Neil Broom is in line for his Test debut after being called up to replace Ross Taylor who was ruled out of the second Test against South Africa in Wellington due to his calf strain. Taylor will be reassessed ahead of the final match of the series in Hamilton.

Kane Williamson and Mike Hesson said that Broom, who returned to the New Zealand limited-overs teams at the start of the season, jumped to the top of the queue because of his domestic experience and an injury to Dean Brownlie which meant he was not considered. Their other injury concern, Trent Boult, will be assessed in the three days leading into the Wellington Test after being unable to bowl after tea on the fourth day in Dunedin due to a hip problem.

Taylor, New Zealand's joint second-highest Test century-maker alongside Williamson, suffered a low grade tear of the right calf while batting on the second day and retired hurt on 8. He returned to complete his innings at the fall of the ninth wicket although he was restricted in his movements.

Broom gave up a deal with Derbyshire in English county cricket to resume his international career after a gap of nearly seven years when he was recalled to face Bangladesh. He scored his maiden international century in his second match back which was followed by a 97 and then hit 73 against Australia in Auckland. However, in the one-day series against South Africa he made 2,2 and 0 before being dropped.

"Neil has been around the one-day group for a period of time and been very successful," Williamson said. "He has played a lot of domestic cricket and been around for a long period of time."

Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said: "We've got an inexperienced batting line up so we were keen to have somebody with plenty of playing experience, someone who can play pace well and Neil has seen a little bit of South Africa before. We are going to miss Ross and that calming influence in the middle order, but it does provide an opportunity for Neil to step up and show us that he is ready for Test cricket."

Ross Taylor retired hurt for 8 in New Zealand's first innings © AFP

Faf du Plessis, South Africa's captain, noted Broom's poor return in the one-day matches. "I haven't played against him with the red ball. Seen a bit on him in the one-dayers. We were quite successful in getting rid of him so hopefully that will continue. It's the experience they are going to miss with Ross. They can't replace that straight away."

Another name suggested for a call-up as Taylor's replacement was Colin Munro who is the only current player to average over 50 in New Zealand first-class cricket. He recently hit twin hundreds in a Plunket Shield match against Central Districts after losing his place in the ODI side and suffering a lean run in T20 cricket since his century against Bangladesh. Munro has one previous Test cap, earned against South Africa in early 2013.

"We are after an experienced middle-order player who can provide some solidity," Hesson said. "Colin is a different sort of player to that. Obviously very destructive on his day."

Meanwhile, Boult will travel with the squad to Wellington and will be monitored due to a sore hip which prevented him from bowling on the fourth afternoon. Boult bowled 15 overs in South Africa's second innings, after delivering 32.4 in the first, before being forced off the field.

"Boult is better today than yesterday. Yesterday he was in discomfort and we decided it wasn't a good idea for him to bowl. We will monitor him over the next couple of days," Hesson said.

New Zealand have reinforcements in the form of Tim Southee, who was dropped for the first Test, and have also brought Matt Henry into the squad although Williamson said that would have happened even without Boult's injury.

The final day of the first Test was washed out without a ball bowled.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Beau on March 14, 2017, 3:11 GMT

    Latham, Raval, KW, Broom, Nicholls, Neesham, Watling, Santner, Southee, Wagner, Henry/Boult.

    Tough to judge the bowling selection/performance with so many dropped catches, missed runouts, and DRS failures. I think Boult's injury should be warning enough for NZ to ditch the twin spin option though. If they want Patel, he must replace Santner in the lineup, simple as that. Id stick with Neesham over CDG, although it's a close call. Can't see them dropping Nicholls now that Taylor is out, so I wont even explore that option. He needs a good score or two before the series is out though.

  • Bryce on March 13, 2017, 19:46 GMT

    What an indictment from the selectors on the NZ domestic first class system.

  • dave on March 13, 2017, 14:32 GMT

    @keepcalmand..... doctoring pitches you suggest! - hardly, as its been raining non-stop with floods all over so the groundsman can do nothing. I'd hate to be a new NZ batsman as he is already written off before plays according to many.

  • Brokensaint on March 13, 2017, 9:12 GMT

    I have to admit south africa did not really make any running in this test but let's hope they go at it pretty hard this next test match

  • Yasein on March 13, 2017, 4:21 GMT

    Fielding/Catching- 1/10 Use of DRS- 1/10 Batting- 7.5/10 Bowling- 9.5/10

  • Beau on March 13, 2017, 3:36 GMT

    @LEGENDTENDULKAR: Thanks for those stats! Interesting point about Raval too. I don't doubt this has been a factor in both their selections, now that you point it out. Many commenters here think that broom and Nicholls should swap codes. I don't know enough about either to make that call, but perhaps if broom succeeds in Wellington we'll see it happen. I certainly didn't foresee his run of form when he came back to the odi side. Hopefully he can surprise me again.

  • Yasein on March 13, 2017, 3:09 GMT

    @CRICFAN96000364 Do you watch NZ cricket.

  • muntas4920248 on March 13, 2017, 3:07 GMT

    Avg is main issue . you need run. temparment,technique is optional. Otherwise good tchniqful batsmant who's avg Under 30 he deserve a chance. What a joke selection?

  • Malcolm on March 13, 2017, 2:30 GMT

    Well summarized "Nikko Chun in respect to Munro. Temperament and attitude make the best of cricketers and is why Munro should never play for NZ again. I was at Eden Park for parts of the pink ball match against Canterbury. Mr Munro's disrespect towards the umpires was appalling.

  • Lee on March 13, 2017, 1:13 GMT

    We need a DRS coach desperately. NZs use of the DRS system has been the most embarrassing part of the summer.

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