Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

South Africa wins toss, bowls in 2nd test vs. New Zealand

South Africa wins toss, bowls in 2nd test vs. New Zealand

The greener the better in Wellington has been New Zealand's mantra in the past.

"There are a still couple of question marks around a couple of the players", Southee told reporters on Wednesday, with much of the debate in New Zealand around whether Jeetan Patel or Mitchell Santner would be the first-choice spinner if the hosts revert to a three-pronged pace attack.

The South Africans discovered that for themselves during the one-day series‚ when spinners claimed 10 of the 24 wickets that fell in the two matches played on Hamilton's sticky‚ grippy surfaces.

South Africa on Tuesday called up off-spinner Dane Piedt to join their squad for the third and final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, starting on March 25.

Du Plessis admitted the squeeze will be on Broom, a veteran batsman but one feeling his way into test cricket.

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"For me it's just a case that you've got a guy, you've managed to keep him quiet through the one-day series, and that as a team is pretty important", du Plessis said yesterday.

Faf du Plessis said: "He's a fantastic bowler and a huge loss for them". They've still got enough resources. "There lies the secret". Tim Southee returns to the New Zealand lineup and replaces Trent Boult who is sidelined with a leg injury.

The Proteas should field an unchanged line-up on a Basin Reserve wicket which isn't expected to offer any surprises.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (captain), Neil Broom, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, B.J. Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Jeetan Patel.

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