Tim Southee out of third test for New Zealand v South Africa through injury

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A hamstring injury has put Tim Southee out of the New Zealand side for the third test against South Africa.

 

Well, that’s at least made the selection jigsaw puzzle a tad easier to complete.

The Black Caps will be without Tim Southee for the third cricket test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury, after a scan on Thursday showed Southee has suffered a grade one tear of his left hamstring.

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New Zealand has juggled its three-pronged pace attack throughout the series, with Southee being dropped from the first test side while injury kept Trent Boult out of the second test defeat in Wellington.

So it seems clear Boult and Neil Wagner will now be assigned duty for the quicks at Seddon Park in Hamilton when the Black Caps attempt to level the three-test series they trail 1-0.

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That’s unless the radical approach of playing just one quick, along with all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham, and the spin duo of Jeetan Patel and Mitchell Santner has some appeal.

The mystery of what the pitch will produce will continue to present problems of picking a side right up until the toss, with Santner’s inclusion – likely at the…

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