NZ vs SA: Trent Boult to miss second Test against South Africa

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NZ vs SA: Trent Boult to miss second Test against South Africa
NZ vs SA: Trent Boult to miss second Test against South Africa

NZ vs SA: Trent Boult to miss second Test against South Africa

NZ vs SA: New Zealand coach Gary Stead on Monday confirmed that pacer Trent Boult will miss the second Test against South Africa.

Boult was absent from the squad for the first Test against South Africa. Because his wife was expecting their third child.

“He is not in a position to be available with his loads and where he’s at. Since his wife has been having the baby. He’s missed out on a lot of opportunities to play cricket and bowl. We just felt the risk of him playing was far too great at the moment,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Stead as saying.

New Zealand has retained an unchanged 15-player squad for the second Test.

“We considered a [frontline] spin option but didn’t feel as though we needed it on this pitch, through history and the way it was looking after the last Test match,” Stead said.

The opening Test of the two-match series was won by New Zealand by an innings and 276 runs. On February 25, the second Test will commence.