New Zealand Vs South Africa 2nd Test at Wellington
Question in detail
A lot of unexpected changes have been made in the hosts' squads ahead of New Zealand Vs South Africa second Test, starting on March 16 in Wellington. The home side would take the field without their veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor, who suffered a calf tear during the first innings of the Dunedin Test. Taylor retired hurt when he was on 8, and didn't come back to bat again for the rest of the day. However, when the hosts were nine-down, he scored unbeaten 15 to take his team to 341.
Taylor's injury is not the only concussion to the home side. Trent Boult's injury in the same match came as double-blow to their worry. The pace spearhead suffered a hip problem and consequently left the game midway. Losing one would have been problematic, but losing both would be an irreparable loss to the hosts. As Boult's availability for New Zealand Vs South Africa second Test is doubtful, the hosts would like their veteran pacer to recover his injury before the Wellington Test. And if this happens, their chances to become the winner of NZ Vs SA 2nd Test are equal as much as the Proteas have.
On fourth day of the first Test at Dunedin, Africa was 224 for 6 with 191-run lead. What target would they have set for the hosts? Whether or not, would the home side have chased it down? These questions remained unanswered as the rain stopped the play. But, this is not going to be the case in the second Test.
South Africa looks rather comfortable and confident going into the second Test of the three-match series. Since they are a balance Test side and don't need to ponder much about the changes, they have more chances to become the winner of NZ Vs SA 2nd Test.
Will New Zealand emerge victorious in the second Test against South Africa in Wellington?