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Broom in for injured Taylor

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/03/2017 Dave Williams

Otago's Neil Broom is in line for a Test debut after being named to replace an injured Ross Taylor in the Black Caps.

Taylor suffered a low grade tear to his right calf while batting against South Africa in Dunedin on Thursday.

He has been ruled out of the second Test, starting in Wellington on Thursday, but may be fit for the third.

Broom, 33, who has a first class average of 39.28, has played 30 one-day internationals for New Zealand. He had scores of 2, 2 and 0 in the three ODI matches against South Africa.

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says Northern Districts' Dean Brownlie wasn't considered because of injury.

Another candidate, Aucklander Colin Munro, could be destructive on his day but they were after a player who could control an innings through the middle.

"We've got quite an inexperienced batting line-up... we were keen to have someone who had plenty of playing experience, somebody who played pace well and obviously Neil's had the advantage of seeing a little bit of South Africa earlier in the month.

"In terms of the middle order role he was an obvious selection for us."

Meanwhile, Matt Henry will join the squad in Wellington as the Kiwis monitor bowler Trent Boult's sore upper leg.

Hesson said the soreness had improved since it cropped up on Saturday but would continue to be monitored.

"It's in that osteo-pubis area where it can cause issues. I'd say we probably have four or five guys that have that type of injury, some obviously come on through a heavy workload on a soft outfield."

New Zealand Cricket says it was always the plan for Henry to join the team in Wellington.

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