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Injuries hamper New Zealand, Sri Lanka ahead of second Test

Wellington: Concerns over injuries to Tim Southee and Rangana Herath disrupted preparations for New Zealand and Sri Lanka on the eve of the second Test in Wellington yesterday.

Both camps have given their key bowlers until just before the Test starts on Saturday to prove their fitness. With yet another green wicket promising plenty of bounce, the toss will be crucial with New Zealand and Sri Lanka both looking to bowl first.

Sri Lanka have signalled they now have a plan to combat the dominance of the hosts' captain Brendon McCullum, who set up the Black Caps’ eight-wicket win in the first Test in Christchurch when he blasted 195 in the first innings.

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