Taylor, Santner to remain sidelined for second Test


New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has confirmed neither Ross Taylor nor Mitchell Santner will return for the second Test with Australia, although both are expected to be fit for the World Twenty20.

Experienced batsman Taylor and spin-bowling all-rounder Santner were forced out of the first Test at Wellington with respective side and foot injuries.

The Black Caps were duly beaten by an innings and 52 runs at the Basin Reserve, but will be unable to bring either player back in Christchurch, where the second Test starts on Saturday.

However, both Taylor and Santner are on course to play a full part in the World T20, with New Zealand's opening match against Australia still more than a month away.

"Everyone wants to play against Australia, so both guys are understandably disappointed to be missing out," said Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.

"The players and the medical staff worked hard to be available for the match, but in the end ran out of time.

"Ross is back hitting balls again and is targeting a return in the Island of Origin match before we head away to the ICC World Twenty20.

"Mitch is on track to be fit for the ICC World Twenty20 and we'll continue to monitor both players closely."