Daryl Mitchell, son of England rugby coach, gets New Zealand cricket call-up

Daryl Mitchell, son of England rugby coach, gets New Zealand cricket call-up

Daryl Mitchell, son of England rugby coach, gets New Zealand cricket call-up

NEW Zealand have been dealt a blow before the second Test against England in Hamilton with paceman Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme ruled out by injury.

Taylor also had no doubt that Mitchell, who has previously played Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, would slot successfully into the Test team.

Daryl Mitchell has admitted he had mixed feelings when England beat New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finals in Japan. 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.

However, Taylor says that will change tomorrow with the son of former All Blacks coach John Mitchell getting a chance to make his maiden Test appearance on his home ground of Seddon Park.

"Colin de Grandhomme has (left) some very big shoes to fill but he (Mitchell) has had some experience at Twenty20 level and had a very good campaign on the first class scene so I'm looking forward to see how he goes".

"When I started out, when we had a guy on debut you hoped the player would do well, and I think now we expect the player to do well".

A decision will be made once conditions are assessed on Friday morning.

"Lockie has that extra pace but (Matt) Henry with the new ball has been very effective for us - the last time we played here against South Africa he had a lot of success".

Boult and de Grandhomme are both targeting a return to fitness for the three-Test series in Australia, starting in Perth on December 12.

England spent 201 overs in the field in the first game at Bay Oval and Buttler appeared to have aggravated his back during a workout in the gym, captain Joe Root said, with middle-order batsman Ollie Pope on standby to take the gloves.

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