November 28, 2019 / 9:44 PM / 15 days ago

Cricket-England win toss, choose to field v New Zealand in second test

WELLINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) - England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to field in the second test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Friday.

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler was ruled out after he tweaked his back during a gym workout with middle-order batsman Ollie Pope taking the gloves and top order batsman Zak Crawley brought in to make his debut.

Chris Woakes has also joined the attack as the third seam-bowling all-rounder in the team with spinner Jack Leach dropped after he had figures of 2-153 from 47 overs at Bay Oval, leaving England without a frontline slow bowler or wicketkeeper.

New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell will make his test debut on his home ground as a replacement for the injured Colin de Grandhomme, while Matt Henry has replaced fellow pace bowler Trent Boult, who suffered a rib muscle injury in the home side’s innings and 65 run first-test victory in Mt. Maunganui.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner.

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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