Latham & Neesham To Debut For New Zealand
Tom Latham and Jimmy Neesham will both make their Test debuts in the second and final Test between New Zealand and India in Wellington.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have confirmed that the pair will replace Ross Taylor and Ish Sodhi respectively.
The home side are 1-0 up following a 40-run win in the opening Test in Auckland.
Latham comes in for Taylor, whose partner is scheduled to give birth during the Test match while Neesham replaces Sodhi with the Wellington pitch expected to offer little assistance to slow bowlers.
"Tom's earned the right to be the next batsman with his performances in domestic cricket," captain Brendon McCullum confirmed.
"While it's a big loss to lose a guy like Ross in the form he's in, we're confident Tom will do a good job for us.
"With this wicket, the best method of attack against this Indian side is another seamer, so Jimmy Neesham comes in for Ish Sodhi," he confirmed.
New Zealand team: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wicket-keeper), Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, NEil Wagner, Trent Boult
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