NZ vs PAK 2nd Test: Matt Henry replaces injured Neil Wagner for Christchurch Test

Canterbury's Matt Henry prepares to bowl during the Plunket Shield match between the Firebirds and Canterbury at the Basin Reserve on Monday, 19 October 2020. © Copyright image by Marty Melville /
NZ vs PAK 2nd Test – Matt Henry replaces Neil Wagner: New Zealand have picked Matt Henry for the second Test against Pakistan at Hagley Oval, replacing injured Neil Wagner. The latter had suffered an “undisplaced fractures”, in both fourth and fifth toes of his right foot.Wagner will take approximately six weeks to fully recover, according to a New Zeland Cricket release.

NZ coach Gary Stead is optimistic about Henry and believes his local knowledge and Test experience will help the squad.

“Matt has been in good form with the ball having recently taken 6-53 for New Zealand A against the Pakistan Shaheens (A side) in December,” Stead said. “We’re still a couple of days out from the Test, so need to take a look at the surface while also assessing our options for best-possible team make-up.”

New Zealand Test squad:

Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young