South Africa win toss and bowl; de Grandhomme replaces Santner

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Boult picked up a thigh injury in the drawn first Test.

The three-match series now stands at 0-0 with the second Test set to begin from March 16 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

With the first Test a stalemate, Wellington is effectively the start of a two-Test series which du Plessis said heightened the need to get a result.

Neil Broom comes in at No 4 for the Black Caps in place of the injured Ross Taylor for the match in Wellington.

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Broom has already faced the Proteas this summer, managing scores of just two, two and zero in last month's one-day global series - a recent record which underlies du Plessis' confidence in his bowling attack.

"Obviously we couldn't get rid of Kane in the first Test and they were successful as a unit".

South Africa, on their part, may opt to play the same set of players at Basin Reserve. "There lies the secret".

"That'll be big for them", du Plessis.

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"It's a tough job, especially from a seamers' perspective", said du Plessis, who added with a laugh that the team's spinner might find himself bowling a lot of overs into the wind. KG (Kagiso Rabada), I certainly feel I can use him.

South African captain Faf du Plessis, however, could barely contain his excitement at the state of the wicket and New Zealand's injury woes.

"Someone like Vernon doesn't necessarily have to bowl quick all the time". He had also stated that he was happy over the way he was being treated by Cricket South Africa (CSA), contrary to what his agent, Francois Brink, had said. "All three will be prepared to do the hard work".

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