NZ vs India: Wagner set to feature in 2nd Test
Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner is all set to make his comeback for New Zealand in the second Test against India in Christchurch. Wagner, who was on paternity leave, will replace his previously announced cover Matt Henry. Coach Gary Stead confirmed Wagner's role in the XI, but his comeback might cause a selection headache as Kyle Jamieson had a memorable Test debut. Here's more.
Wagner has been in fine form for New Zealand
Wagner last featured in the Australia Test series wherein he was the second highest wicket-taker after Nathan Lyon and highest among fast bowlers. He scalped 17 wickets in three Tests which included two four-wicket hauls in Perth and Melbourne respectively. Wagner would join Tim Southee and Trent Boult in the playing XI to bolster New Zealand's fast bowling attack.
Jamieson made the most of his Test debut
"Wagner will come back and he's been a force in our team for a long time, and obviously Kyle Jamieson made the most of his debut. The way he played, I thought, was outstanding as well, did a really good job for us," Gary said.
Kiwis might go with four pacers
Although Jamieson is expected to make way for Wagner in the playing XI, the Kiwis could also go with a four-pronged pace attack. Ajaz Patel could also be the one missing out as the left-arm spinner got to bowl only six in the first Test. "It was pretty hard missing one Test. He'll be back with us without a doubt," Gary said.
How did the match pan out?
India faced the wrath of Kiwi bowlers as they were put into bat by skipper Kane Williamson. Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee scalped eight wickets apiece to bundle out India for 165. In reply, the Kiwis were 225/7, however, they ended with 348. India's batsmen failed to deliver in the second innings as well. New Zealand won by 10 wickets, chasing mere 9 runs.
India will look to make a turnaround in second Test
The dejected Team India would like to turn the tables in the upcoming Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, commencing on February 29. Hosts New Zealand currently lead the two-match Test series 1-0. In six Tests played at this venue, the Kiwis have WON four and lost one, while one was drawn. Besides, India are yet to play their maiden Test here.