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New Zealand add Martin Guptill as cover for injured Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor aggravated a thigh injury
Ross Taylor aggravated a thigh injury

New Zealand have added Martin Guptill as a cover for injured Ross Taylor for the day-night Test against England to be played in Auckland.

Taylor sustained a thigh injury during his unbeaten 181 run match-winning knock against the same opposition in the fourth One-Day International and was forced to miss the series-deciding fifth game which was won by England.

In the case of Taylor failing to prove his fitness ahead of the first Test, Guptill, who scored 73 for New Zealand XI in the warm-up game against England will take his place in the middle-order.

New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen expressed confidence of Taylor recovering in time for the Pink ball Test.

"We opted for extra batting cover for that final spot and with Martin having been playing in the middle-order recently, he can cover a number of positions for us," said Larsen.

"Ross is progressing nicely and is expected to take a full part in training tomorrow."

The first Test will kick-off on 22nd March following which the two teams will meet in Christchurch for the second and final game that will be played between 30th March and 3rd April.

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