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New Zealand pick Matt Henry in place of injured Doug Bracewell

Matt Henry (left) was the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series against Australia with eight scalps from three games.
Matt Henry (left) was the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series against Australia with eight scalps from three games.
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has confirmed that fast bowler Matt Henry is in line to replace the injured Doug Bracewell for the second Test against Australia.

In the first Test against Australia in Wellington, Bracewell picked up an injury to his rotator cuff in the right shoulder and was subsequently ruled out of the second Test.

McCullum, who will be making his final international appearance in the second Test also confirmed that the team management is yet to decide whether or not to field a four-man pace attack.

“Matt Henry will come in for Doug Bracewell and it’s just trying to work out whether we play Mark Craig or Neil Wagner and that’s the decision we’ve got to make,” McCullum told reporters on Friday.

The Blackcaps skipper also expressed that the pitch in Christchurch is sporting a generous covering of grass which will be to the liking of the bowlers from both the teams.

“The pitch looks good.

“It looks like it’s got a nice healthy covering of grass I’m sure that both team’s bowling line-ups will relish it.

“It’s probably not quite as hard as the Basin.

“I thought the Basin was a really good cricket wicket.

“It did a lot in that first session and then dried out a little bit quicker than what a team who’s been bowled out for 180 wanted.”

However, McCullum admits that batting will not be an easy task on the Christchurch pitch and is hoping that New Zealand will be able to level the series with a win.

“It’s not going to be necessarily a pleasant time out there with bat in hand (but) I think it will go around for a while.

“I’m sure this one will be a good contest which will hopefully end up in a result. Hopefully for us.”

New Zealand will look to avoid a fourth consecutive home Test series loss against Australia when they take the field in Christchurch on 20th February for the second game.

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