New Zealand receive Tim Southee boost ahead of second Test

Tim Southee returns to New Zealand squad for second Test
Tim Southee returns to New Zealand squad for second Test

New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee has been drafted into the squad for the second Test against West Indies to be played in Hamilton.

The veteran seamer missed the first game of the series in Wellington as he was expecting the birth of his first child but now has claimed his place back replacing George Worker in the 13-man squad.

Auckland seamer Lockie Ferguson, who was released from the squad for the first game is expected to join his team-mates for the second Test while wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling continues his recovery from a hip injury.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson expressed confidence on Watling and is expecting him to be available at the start of the next year.

"It's slow going [on Watling's recovery]," said Hesson.

"He had a break over winter and things were looking good. Keeping is tough on the body and he certainly feels it.

"Surgery is not an option, it's just time and it's going a little bit slower than we'd like.

"We're hopeful he'll play another couple of Ford Trophy games, have a little rest and come back after Christmas."

New Zealand currently enjoy a 1-0 unassailable lead over West Indies following their innings victory in the first game and will face West Indies in the second and final Test between 9th and 13th December.

New Zealand squad for second Test:

Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Tom Blundell (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner

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