New Zealand are without BJ Watling for Friday's Test against England

Last Updated: 23/05/13 10:00am

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BJ Watling: Will miss New Zealand's second Test with England

BJ Watling: Will miss New Zealand's second Test with England

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New Zealand have confirmed BJ Watling has been ruled out of the second Investec Test against England at Headingley.

The Black Caps wicketkeeper hurt his knee during the first Test defeat at Lord's and will not recover his fitness in time for the Leeds clash which starts on Friday.

Captain Brendon McCullum will take the gloves, having briefly deputised at HQ, while Martin Guptill is ready to replace Watling in the side and bat at six.

With spinner Bruce Martin already ruled out of the match, former skipper Daniel Vettori is expected to play despite only joining the side on Wednesday morning.

Vettori will face a fitness test of his own on Thusrday morning, with seamer Doug Bracewell the other option for New Zealand.

Vettori is New Zealand's second highest Test wicket-taker with 360 victims, but his last Test was a nine-wicket defeat to West Indies in Antigua in July 2012.

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