Kane Williamson wicket key for South Africa - Du Plessis

New Zealand vs South Africa Proteas rope in spinner Dane Piedt for concluding test

The Blackcaps will take on South Africa without two frontline players through injury: batsman Ross Taylor ruled out with a calf strain and pace man Trent Boult with hip and pelvic problems.

South Africa, on their part, may opt to play the same set of players at Basin Reserve.

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. Patel wins the spinner's spot as De Grandhomme comes in for Santner - obviously looking for a bit of extra batting prowess further down the order.

South Africa were unchanged from the side that drew the first game in Dunedin in which the final day was washed out with the match delicately poised. "He has had a big workload with five one-dayers and a big four days in the Test match in Dunedin".




"For me it's just a case that you've got a guy, you've managed to keep him quiet through the one-day series, and that as a team is pretty important", du Plessis said yesterday. While Tim Southee will return to take Boult's place it seems unlikely that the Black Caps will play two spinners on what appears to be a green top in Wellington.

"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.

"We couldn't get rid of Kane in the first test and they were successful as a unit".

South Africa were also weighing up whether to change their line-up with du Plessis saying the playing XI would be decided by the state of the pitch on Thursday morning.

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