Proteas in New Zealand: Black Caps name side for second Test

New Zealand have kept the same squad for the second and final Test against the Proteas at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch starting on Friday, 25 February.

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The first ball is due to be bowled at midnight on Thursday, SA time.

The Black Caps embarrassed the Proteas in the first Test, winning by an innings and 276 runs – the second heaviest Test defeat ever suffered by South Africa.

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New Zealand dismissed their visitors for 95 and 111, but managed to score 482 in their only innings.

A draw in the second Test would give New Zealand a historic first series win against South Africa in 17 attempts, while victory would not only complete a 2-0 series sweep, but it would see them dislodge Australia at the top of the world rankings. 

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New Zealand have maintained the same squad for the second Test which means no room for Trent Boult who missed the first Test for the birth of his third child, and provided another opportunity for Matt Henry. 

Henry produced the third-best bowling figures in New Zealand Test history with seven for 23 in the first innings and took two more in the second innings and hit an unbeaten 58 with the bat. 

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TEAMS:

New Zealand

Tom Latham (captain), Will Young, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wkt), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry

South Africa

TBA

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