Ross Taylor Hails Depth Within New Zealand Squad

Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme both ruled out of second Test against England by injuries

"That's probably been a strength of the side in recent times: guys who have come in have succeeded straightaway and put pressure on the incumbents", he added.

The team's bowling talisman Trent Boult is now injured, and while that might have been a cause for concern a few years back, there are options like Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry who are more than capable of coming in and filling in for him.

Daryl Mitchell will make his Test debut when New Zealand face England in Hamilton, beginning on Friday.

Mitchell has played nine Twenty20 games for New Zealand but hasn't been touted as a test player until now. New Zealand, who lost a dramatic World Cup final against England at Lord's in July, lost the T20I series against the Three Lions 2-3 before making a phenomenal comeback in the first Test in Mount Maunganui to win by an innings and 65 runs.

Mitchell, 28, replaces Colin de Grandhomme (abdominal muscle) for the Black Caps, who claimed a resounding victory in the first Test.

"The depth is definitely the best it's ever been in my career I think".

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Daryl admitted that he had mixed feelings when England beat New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup this year in Japan.

"Colin de Grandhomme leaves some big shoes to fill but Daryl has some experience of global cricket at T20 level".

The Kiwis now look forward to making a clean sweep and senior batsman Ross Taylor said the weather and pitch conditions before the final Test will decide the hosts' bowling line-up.

"Maybe he leads them into a false sense of security because he's a little bit slower but he bowls what we call a heavy ball, quite accurate quite skilful".

Mitchell will link up with the team later on Wednesday along with Auckland Aces fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and Canterbury spinner Todd Astle, who rejoin the squad after being released to play in the opening rounds of the Ford Trophy. They have big shoes to fill, too, but both can do a great job and perform a similar role. They've both got their strengths.

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