New Zealand's chances of levelling the ongoing Test series against South Africa have been dealt a major blow as fast bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the game in Hamilton following a hamstring injury.
Even though Southee's injury is not as severe as expected, the team management decided against risking him for the clash with Champions Trophy around the corner.
New Zealand have already missed the services of veteran batsman Ross Taylor after he sustained a calf injury during the Dunedin Test while there is no clarity on Trent Boult's recovery from a upper leg injury that forced him to miss the second game in Wellington.
In the probability of Boult missing out on the selection, New Zealand will have the option to include Matt Henry as the new ball partner for Neil Wagner while Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham are the seam bowling all-rounders in the squad as well.
With the pitch at Seddon Park expected to be on the drier side, a possible inclusion of second spinner in Mitchell Santner along with Jeetan Patel is also a possibility for the Black Caps, who will be desperate to end the home season on a high after losing the second Test in Wellington by eight wickets.
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