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Santner out of 2nd Test, Boult set to return

New Zealand will change their combination in the second Test against England at Edgbaston.

The exclusion of all-rounder Mitchell Santner is a forced one. He has a cut on his bowling finger which he sustained during an intra-squad match in the lead up to first Test. He did not pick any wicket at Lord’s.

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“People probably would have seen him open up the piece on his finger again; he had quite a bit of blood on his pants. That came from the cut he originally had. We thought it had healed okay, but obviously we needed a little bit more time for that to happen and it definitely hampered his ability in the match as well,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.

The Blackcaps have more injury concerns in their skipper Kane Williamson, who has a troubling elbow. He missed the home ODIs against Bangladesh for the same injury. A final call on him will be made ahead of the second Test that begins on June 10.

“His [Williamson’s] elbow is still niggling him a wee bit. We’ve had some more treatment on that and we just want to make sure it’s the best thing for him, playing in this match versus taking a bit more time to be ready and training the way he needs to train,” Stead said.

Seamer Trent Boult is available for selection after his quarantine was relaxed. Stead said it would be best if the left-armer gets a game before the World Test Championship final.

“Trent’s back and available to be selected and it’s likely we’ll play him in this game as well. It’s good news for us. Things did change when he got here or from the information we had initially. So, think it’s the best thing for Trent to get out there, get the Dukes ball in his hand and show us what he’s capable of.”

Stead has also hinted at resting other fast bowlers as a measure to manage workloads before the final against India.

“They [bowlers] have all scrubbed up pretty well, [but] it doesn’t necessarily mean they will play in the next match. With an eye to the final we want to make sure the key bowlers who we think will take part in that game are fresh, raring to go and ready for that first ball of the match versus India,” Stead added.

“We’re still yet to make a final decision, but we’re certainly having discussions with them about what’s best for them given training loads, playing loads and readiness for that match.”

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