The coach of the New Zealand Cricket Team Mike Hesson has confirmed that middle-order batsman Ross Taylor and all-rounder Mitchell Santner will miss the second test of the series against Australia as both are recovering from injuries and are disappointed to miss it.
It is quite a historical series as their captain Brendon McCullum will retire after it. They have not beaten Australia in a Test at home since 1993 so skipper will go all out for that record to be broken after almost 23 years and everybody would want to be part of the team.
Hesson said that everybody wants to play against Australia but both players need rest as they will be very important for the team in the World T20 campaign in India next month. New Zealand will play the opening match of the tournament against hosts India on 15 March.
The mega event is less than a month away so Hesson said that they are monitoring the fitness of both players very closely. Taylor is one of the most experienced players of the team and has played the competition many times. He also knows the conditions well which makes him more valuable.
On the other hand Satner had played very important role in recent success of New Zealand in limited overs series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He can bat and is a spin bowler who will be very reliable on the spin friendly pitches of India. Hesson said that both will be fully fit soon.