Mitchell to make NZ cricket Test debut

Mitchell to make NZ cricket Test debut

The final match of the series, which New Zealand lead 1-0, starts at 22:00 GMT in Hamilton.

Daryl Mitchell, who was the Stanley Park club's overseas professional in 2016, has been drafted into the Black Caps' Test squad for the first time after fellow all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme was forced to withdraw with injury.

Daryl Mitchell will make his Test debut when New Zealand face England in Hamilton, beginning on Friday.

Mitchell has played nine Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand. He has scored seven first-class centuries and averages 35.65 with the bat and 33.57 with the ball.

"I'm sure he will be nervous, but I'm sure that Twenty20 experience will be worth falling back on".

New Zealand were compelled into at least two changes to their side from that which won the first test of the two-match series by an innings and 65 runs, as all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and pace bowler Trent Boult were both ruled out on Wednesday.

His replacement will be uncapped paceman Lockie Ferguson or Matt Henry, who has been a fringe global for five years but only notched 10 Tests.

A decision will be made once conditions are assessed on Friday morning. When I first started, I thought if we had a guy on debut we sort of hoped the player would do well. They have big shoes to fill, too, but both can do a great job and perform a similar role.

Possible New Zealand team: Kane Williamson (captain), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner. "They're slightly different bowlers but they've both got their strengths".

Henry impressed against South Africa at Seddon Park three years ago, which may work in his favour if the Kiwi selectors don't want to take a risk on proven white-ball performer Ferguson.

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