Black Caps name unchanged squad

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Trent Boult missed the Wellington Test because of a leg injury and is expected to return in Hamilton, although Larsen said the pace bowler's fitness was still being monitored "day by day".

To make things worse for coach Mike Hesson, who wasn't even at the Basin Reserve due to illness, he was still throwing up the next morning and couldn't fulfil his usual post-test interviews.

South Africa crushed New Zealand by eight wickets inside three days in the second Test match at the Basin Reserve to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

This would have made many wonder why Gavin Larsen announced an unchanged squad for the must-win match.

"We've got the best players in New Zealand in the squad", McMillan said.

"We want to see greater fight, which is a hallmark of the good Black Caps teams and we've seen a lot of that in the last two or three years".

McMillan, who played nearly 200 ODIs for New Zealand, said that the skipper Kane Williamson stating that his performances at the number 3 bring strength to the Kiwi batting line-up.

He was dismissed twice by Morne Morkel in Wellington.

Their second innings dismissals to left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj were extremely disappointing.

Taylor has not been passed fit though and New Zealand will persist with the same group of players. "When they left Tim Southee out I was also surprised".

The Kiwis' quicks took 37 of the 39 Pakistani wickets that fell and‚ against Bangladesh‚ 34 of 36.

"I expected it to be the same‚ but obviously with the type of seam attack we have, they thought they would be under pressure‚" Piedt said.

Larsen said if there were other opening batting candidates who were "shooting the lights out and putting in front of the selectors really compelling reasons to pick them then we would have had that discussion (about dropping Latham).so I guess that's a challenge from me to domestic batsmen - 'get out there and put the numbers up". They didn't back their seamers to do the job‚ and I thought their seamers bowled pretty well in SA [in a Test series in August].

"And when those pressure points in the game come up, you have to have individuals stand up and grab them".