NZ's Taylor to miss first Test

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February 06, 2016
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NZ's Taylor to miss first Test

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):

New Zealand has confirmed leading batsman Ross Taylor will miss the first Test against Australia with a side strain and his place will be taken by Henry Nicholls.

Taylor, who produced a record-breaking innings of 290 in the second Test of the previous series against Australia in Perth in November, suffered the injury during a Twenty20 game against Pakistan last month.

Nicholls was named yesterday in New Zealand's 14-man squad and is expected to make his Test debut in the match which starts at Wellington's Basin Reserve on February 12. He has been in solid form in his first international season, scoring 61 in Wednesday's first one-dayer against Australia and 82 during the recent series against Pakistan.

Fast bowler Tim Southee returns to the New Zealand squad after recovering from a foot injury. Wicketkeeper B.J. Watling has been named but is being monitored because of a back injury, with Luke Ronchi on standby.

Fast bowler Matt Henry and allrounder Corey Anderson have been recalled while left-armer Mitchell Santner is the only frontline spinner in the squad.

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