After Taylor, Boult also ruled out of Wellington Test

Left arm pace bowler Trent Boult will miss New Zealand's second test against South Africa after failing to recover from a leg injury he sustained in the first game in Dunedin, fellow opening bowler Tim Southee said.

"I said before the series that if we can get rid of Williamson and Taylor there's a lot of pressure on the rest of the batting lineup", du Plessis told reporters.

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

The test begins tomorrow.

South Africa has named an unchanged line-up to the one which drew the first test.

"Obviously we couldn't get rid of Kane in the first Test and they were successful as a unit".

Missing paceman Trent Boult to injury as well as Taylor ramps up the pressure on New Zealand, du Plessis said.

Boult's absence means New Zealand have lost two of their most experienced players with Ross Taylor having also been ruled out with his calf injury.

Fine weather is forecast throughout the second Test apart from Saturday when strong southerly winds and some rain are expected.

The Proteas initially opted to go into the series with just one specialist spinner in the form of Keshav Maharaj, but looking ahead they have decided that they need another option for the series decider. "He has had a big workload with five one-dayers and a big four days in the Test match in Dunedin".

Piedt took 24 wickets at an average of 36.04 in seven Tests before he was dropped from the squad that won a Test series in Australia in November when two previously uncapped left-armers, Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi were selected.

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