New Zealand will rest key bowlers in the second test against England in order to keep them fresh for the WTC final.
New Zealand will rest a couple of its main bowlers for the second Test against England in order to be fresh and ready to face India in the World Test Championship final on June 18.
New Zealand already has fitness issues around skipper Kane Williamson, while spinner Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the second match, which begins on Thursday, owing to a finger injury. Williamson’s elbow has been hurting him once more.
With Trent Boult now available for selection for the series finale, New Zealand can simply rest one of their other important bowlers — Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, or Kyle Jamieson.
It will not be surprising if more than one of them does not take the field. “They (bowlers) have all washed up reasonably well, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee they will play in the next match,” said New Zealand head coach Stead ahead of the second encounter.
Matt Henry, Doug Bracewell, and uncapped Jacob Duffy might be the pacer’s substitutes.
With an eye on the (WTC) final, we want to ensure that the main bowlers who we believe will play in that game are fresh, eager to go, and ready for the first ball of the match against India.
“Of course, we have a team of 20. As a result, several of the players have experience playing Test cricket. Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Doug Bracewell, Ajaz Patel…there are players on the team who have previously played for us.
So, again, we’re having those conversations with them about what’s best for them given training loads, playing loads, and match readiness, Stead explained.
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