Mitchell Santner declared fit for second Test against Pakistan

Mitchell Santner declared fit for second Test against Pakistan
Mitchell Santner has recovered from a wrist injury
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New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been added to the squad for the second Test against Pakistan in Hamilton after recovering from a wrist injury.

The injury occurred when he was training with the Northern Districts for the Plunket Shield clash against Canterbury. However, after successfully clearing the fitness test, the 24-year-old has taken the place of James Neesham in the squad.

Meanwhile, senior batsman Ross Taylor is a doubtful starter for the game as he will be consulting a specialist on growth in his left eye following which a decision on him will be taken.

Dean Brownline has been added to the squad as a cover for Taylor.

National selector Gavin Larsen confirmed the news on Santner and Taylor.

"It's obviously pleasing to have Mitchell back with the team ahead of the second Test," said Larsen.

"With him and Todd (Astle) in the team, it gives us the opportunity to play two spinners if required. Mitchell brings all-round ability and is coming off a strong tour of India.

"We're still waiting on a little more information on Ross before we make any decision on his availability for the second Test. Dean will come in as cover, but we should know more in the next couple of days."

After winning the first game and taking an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series, New Zealand will take on Pakistan in the second Test in Hamilton on 25th November.

New Zealand squad for second Test:

Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Dean Brownlie

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