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After Southee, New Zealand now suffer Trent Boult blow ahead of series decider

Trent Boult is suffering from a upper leg injury
Trent Boult is suffering from a upper leg injury
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New Zealand will be without both their pace spearheads when they take on South Africa in the series deciding third and final Test in Hamilton on Saturday.

A day after the news on Tim Southee missing the game with a hamstring injury broke out, his new ball partner Trent Boult has also been ruled out of the crucial encounter after he failed to recover from a upper leg injury.

Boult sustained the injury during the first Test in Dunedin which ended in a draw and was forced to miss the second game in Wellington as well which South Africa went on to win by eight wickets and secured an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series.

Uncapped Northern Districts quick bowler Scott Kuggeleijn has been called-up to the squad as a replacement for Boult as Lockie Ferguson was unavailable due to an injury he sustained while playing in Plunket Shield.

Kuggeleijn, 25, has 166 wickets from 51 first-class matches including seven four-wicket hauls and five five-wicket hauls.

New Zealand chief selector Gavin Larsen revealed that expressed confidence on the rest of the bowlers to take the responsibility in the absence of Southee and Boult.

"Trent did everything possible to get himself ready for this Test and is extremely disappointed to be missing out,"said Larsen.

"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.

"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."

New Zealand are already without their veteran batsman Ross Taylor, who suffered a calf injury in the first game in Dunedin and was replaced by Neil Broom in the second game.

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