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New Zealand pick two spinners for second Test

PTI | ByGreg Buckle (Reuters), Adelaide
Nov 25, 2004 06:01 PM IST

Paul Wiseman will join Daniel Vettori in New Zealand's side for the second Test on Friday as the tourists seek to level the series.

Paul Wiseman will join fellow spinner Daniel Vettori in New Zealand's side for the second Test against Australia on Friday as the tourists seek to level the two-match series after a heavy first Test defeat.

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Australia eased to an innings and 156-run win in Brisbane, persuading New Zealand to dump batsman Craig McMillan and swing bowler Kyle Mills in favour of Wiseman and left-arm seamer James Franklin, who has recovered from a groin strain.

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Off spinner Wiseman has 55 wickets in 21 Tests.

"We always had in our minds that we would probably play two spinners in this Test," New Zealand coach John Bracewell said.

"Franklin was always going to play the first Test until he was injured. We are reverting to who we consider to be our number one swing bowler."

With hot weather forecast, the Adelaide pitch is likely to favour spin after heavy scoring in the first few days and New Zealand have been working on combating Australia leg spinner Shane Warne, who took eight wickets in the first Test.

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