New Zealand’s Trent Boult fractures hand, to miss rest of series

New Zealand’s Trent Boult fractures hand, to miss rest of series

"Trent Boult will return home to New Zealand following the second Test after suffering a fracture to the second-metacarpal of his right hand", a workforce spokesman stated.

New Zealand are playing their first Boxing Day Test in Australia since 1987 and Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts said the huge crowd pointed to the popularity of the sport in both countries.

Somerville boosts the Black Caps' spin contingent to three, joining Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle as potential options in the XI, on a Sydney Cricket Ground pitch that's always been forecast as spin-friendly.

The 35-year-old beat out Ajaz Patel for the call-up, with Patel having been already given a chance outside of the subcontinent.

James Pattinson ripped through New Zealand's top order early on day four.

He earned a test callup in the United Arab Emirates 13 months ago, and snared a memorable 7-127 on debut in the Black Caps' series-clinching victory over Pakistan.

Pattinson is playing in his 20th Test and has taken 78 wickets at an average of 26.05. We need that consistently, guys stepping up, we can't rely on to few. To see them go about it now, you see how good they are.

"It's no secret the SCG pitch is one of the more spin-friendly in Australia", said Stead. Thus, he will not be able to participate in the third and final Test beginning January 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. "He's had a wonderful career, he's achieved a lot and I know he's still got plenty to offer in domestic cricket".

Dominated by Australia's batsmen in the first two days, New Zealand crumbled in the face of formidable fast bowling.

Blundell dug half a century deep after lunch when New Zealand argued a bit and lost only one wicket in the middle session after Henry Nicholls (33) fell to Lyon.

Then spinner Nathan Lyon helped wrap up the quest, finishing with four scalps as the best bowling attack in the world once again got the job done.

The Test match was a massive one for an Australia-New Zealand Test match at the MCG in terms of crowd numbers, with more than 2 Lakh attendance turning out to watch the Boxing Day encounter between the two sides, which happened for the first time since 1987.

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