New Zealand name same side for second Test with India
New Zealand have named an unchanged starting XI for the second Test against India in Wellington.
Last Updated: 13/02/14 12:09pm
The Black Caps opened the series with a 40-run win over the tourists in Auckland and this could be the fourth successive Test when they have gone in with the same side.
But selectors have called up all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and batsman Tom Latham to boost their numbers with Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell dropped in disgrace.
Ryder and Bracewell were fined and ruled out of contention for the Wellington Test after going on a late-night drinking session on the eve of the first match at Eden Park.
Neesham is on standby in case of a late injury to one of the Black Caps' bowlers and Latham will replace Ross Taylor if the batsman's second child, expected at any time, has not been born by the start of Friday's match.
"We see Jimmy as a genuine all-rounder who can play a number of roles for us," New Zealand selector Bruce Edgar said.
"Tom's an incredibly exciting prospect and is constantly pushing for selection. If called upon, we're confident that he'll take the opportunity with both hands.
"We've been able to keep a settled side recently and strung together some successful results along the way.
"We hope to keep that going, but are well aware India will come back at us hard."
New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult. (Injury cover: Jimmy Neesham, Tom Latham).
Watch live coverage of the second Test between New Zealand and India live on Sky Sports 2 from 9:55pm on Thursday