Santner returns for second Test, New Zealand sweating on Taylor


All-rounder Mitchell Santner has been named in New Zealand's squad for the second Test against Pakistan after recovering from a fractured wrist.

Santner hurt his wrist only three weeks ago but scans on Monday deemed the 24-year-old fit enough to face Pakistan in Hamilton, starting Friday.

He replaces Jimmy Neesham after the Blackcaps defeated the tourists by eight weeks in Christchurch last week.

Dean Brownlie has also been drafted into the squad as cover for batsman Ross Taylor, who is struggling with an eye problem.

Taylor made 11 runs in the first innings but did not bat at number four as New Zealand successfully chased down the 105-run target.

"It's obviously pleasing to have Mitchell back with the team ahead of the second Test. With him and Todd in the team, it gives us the opportunity to play two spinners if required. Mitchell brings all-round ability and is coming off a strong tour of India," said selector Gavin Larsen.

"We're still waiting on a little more information on Ross before we make any decision on his availability for the second Test. Dean will come in as cover, but we should know more in the next couple of days."