New Zealand make two changes for Boxing Day Test

New Zealand make two changes for Boxing Day Test

While the 29-year-old was likely to partner Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins for his first Test in Australia since January 2016, Langer said they were still working through their final playing selections.

New Zealand made two changes Wednesday for the Boxing Day Test against Australia with fast bowler Trent Boult back from injury and Tom Blundell replacing Jeet Ravel at the top of the order.

The hosts, who can clinch the three-match series with a second successive victory, are wary of the surface at MCG where bowlers had to really toil for any success in recent times. "We know how well he's playing at the moment, we know how much all the boys love playing Test cricket and Boxing Day cricket ... so he'll be ready to go". On the other hand, Warner scored 43 and 19 runs in the first Test match against the Kiwis and looked in good touch in the first innings.

"You have to get 20 wickets". However, the Aussies may be tempted to go in with an extra pacer in the form of Siddle. "Pink ball vs red ball, it will be a little bit different, maybe the ball stays a little bit harder so we can get a bit more reward for our shots". "Davey will be fine", Langer said.

"We're hopeful that's not the case, but if we were to turn up on Boxing Day and it looked really flat we've got the flexibility to be able to do it".

"Our batting team has been scoring a lot of runs so if we were to go one more bowler, we would be comfortable they could do the job".

Australia used all-rounder Mitch Marsh as a fifth bowling option in Melbourne in both last year's loss to India and the Ashes draw a year earlier.

Warner was hit at the nets in MCG and walked off in pain, but returned to bat later in the session.

The explosive opener was struck on the left thumb at training on Monday but coach Justin Langer said he was only concerned for "about two seconds".

"He's in really good nick, he's a very experienced player now, he knows how to prepare".

Langer mooted last week selecting five specialist bowlers with the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) pitch favouring batsmen in the previous two years, but said on Tuesday finalising the starting eleven could be a match-day decision.

"I've got absolutely no worries that he'll be raring to go", Australia coach Justin Langer told reporters on Tuesday.

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