New Zealand suffered a massive blow ahead of the series decider as the Kiwi pace super-head Trent Boult was ruled out of the Hamilton Test against South Africa, which will start on March 25.
The left-arm seamer failed to recover in time from the groin injury which forced him out of the second and the third test against the Protease.
The Kiwis will also be without Tim Southee due to a torn hamstring and star batsman Ross Taylor against the high-flying South Africa, who are currently taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.
New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said, “Trent did everything possible to get himself ready for this Test and is extremely disappointed to be missing out.”
The hosts named uncapped Northern Districts all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn as a replacement of Trent in the squad. He further said, “While he has made good progress, after training yesterday we spoke with medical staff and it was agreed that Trent required a little further time to be ready for the demands of Test cricket. Scott will come in as cover having consistently finished as one of the top wicket-takers in the Plunket Shield in recent seasons.”
Gavin Larsen concluded, “Not having Trent or Tim available tests the depth of our squad, but we're confident of the job that Neil and Matt can do for us.”