Tuffey set for recall
New Zealand aim to clinch series at the Basin Reserve
Last Updated: 02/12/09 12:22pm
Tuffey: back in favour
Fast bowler Shane Bond's absence is a major setback to New Zealand's hopes of sealing the series against Pakistan with victory in the second Test in Wellington, starting on Thursday.
"Shane needs to be replaced and Daryl will probably be the first cab off the rank in that respect - but we need to see how the wicket has been prepared."
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Bond marked his return to the Test arena after a two-year absence with eight wickets and the man-of-the-match award in the Black Caps' 32-run win in the series opener in Dunedin last week.
But the Canterbury paceman will miss the final two Tests because of torn abdominal muscle.
"It's sad for Shane - he's been in the squad for a while now and we've grown accustomed to having him around," said New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori.
"His performance in the first Test was outstanding. To lose him is a big blow...I don't think anyone's under any illusions, it's a loss.
"The problem with Shane is he wants to play all the time and bowl all time. It's hard to douse those competitive flames.
"He played a huge role in the first Test - however the series goes we're indebted to him for his performance in the first Test."
Daryl Tuffey is set to replace Bond in the only change to New Zealand's starting XI at the Basin Reserve, meaning Tim Southee will carry the drinks.
Tuffey has not played Test cricket for five-and-a-half years but the pitch in Wellington is expected to suit his brand of seam bowling.
"It (Bond's injury) gives someone else a chance on a wicket which may offer a seamer a bit of assistance," continued Vettori.
"Shane needs to be replaced and Daryl will probably be the first cab off the rank in that respect - but we need to see how the wicket has been prepared.
"Every team named, Daryl has been disappointed not to be in it. He's ready to go and will be excited if he gets the chance tomorrow."
Pakistan are likely to make changes to their batting order with Salman Butt and Misbah-ul-Haq both in contention for recalls.
The bowling attack is more settled with the only decision to be made concerning which spinner, Saeed Ajmal or Danish Kaneria, complements the pace bowling trio of Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul.
Wet weather has hampered preparations for the match, with both teams forced to conduct their preparations indoors.
"We haven't been able to see the wicket so far - it's all covered," said Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam.
"I came here especially this morning to see it but it was drizzling so it's not been ideal preparation for the Test.
"You don't really enjoy practising indoors but something is better than nothing. I hope the weather will clear.
"The forecast isn't too bad but I have my doubts, although I hope we have a clear five days."
New Zealand (from): Daniel Vettori (capt), Tim McIntosh, Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor, Peter Fulton, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullum (wkt), Iain O'Brien, Daryl Tuffey, Chris Martin, Tim Southee, Jeetan Patel
Pakistan (from): Mohammad Yousuf (capt) Salman Butt, Khurrum Manzoor, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Fawad Alam, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Danish Kaneria, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, Abdur Rauf, Umer Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed