Blackcaps vs Sri Lanka: Gary Stead considers quick bowling mix for Boxing Day test

The Blackcaps have gone back to the drawing board, as they plot a way to take down Sri Lanka in the Boxing Day test.

The New Zealand bowlers endured a fruitless final two days at the Basin Reserve, which could force Gary Stead to rethink some of his selections.

The Blackcaps coach knows his quick bowling trio should have secured a test victory on Day Four.

"We've been successful here over a long period of time - we have to be able to adapt and we have to be able to take wickets," Stead said.

Adaptation could lead to a bowling reshuffle for the second test, starting on Boxing Day.

Left-arm quick Neil Wagner's place is under threat from Matt Henry, after the Cantabrian's record-breaking country season.

"Matt's an integral part of our squad," said Stead. "But we've got a long summer in front of us, and there will be chances for people to come in and out, and freshen up."

Whether the Blackcaps opt for Henry on his home track at Hagley Oval or keep to the status quo, the challenge has been laid down for the pace attack.

"We need to keep looking at ways that we can find chances and find opportunities when it's tough," said Stead.

While Stead deliberates over his seam bowlers, one of the spin heroes from the series win over Pakistan is itching to get back to the big time.

Instead, Auckland off-spin bowler Will Sommerville is preparing for the Super Smash tournament.

"I want to, 100 percent, get back there as soon as possible," Sommerville told Newshub.

The nature of the pitches back home means the test team only requires one spinner, which, in the current case, is Ajaz Patel.

"I've dealt with that my whole career, often being the second spinner, so you're just ready and waiting for that opportunity, and when it comes about, you take it with both hands."

Sommerville may have to bide his time a little longer, while the seam quartet will know their fate on Boxing Day.