Blackcaps v Australia: Will Somerville called into NZ squad for Sydney test

New Zealand have called up off-spinner Will Somerville for the third test against Australia. 

Somerville replaces Trent Boult, who fractured his hand while batting for the Blackcaps on day three of the Boxing Day test. 

Boult is set for four weeks of rehabilitation back home before he is fit to play again. He had also missed the first test of the series with a side injury.

Somerville is the third frontline spinner in the touring squad, alongside leg-spinner Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner, who has featured in both tests against Australia this month. 

Somerville, 35, has played three tests for New Zealand and taken 14 wickets at an average of 25.14.

Blackcaps head coach Gary Stead said the inclusion of Somerville was a nod to the expected conditions in Sydney. The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has a reputation for turning pitches, which favour spinners. On top of that, Somerville has plenty of experience at the SCG, having spent a portion of his career playing for New South Wales. 

"It's no secret the SCG pitch is one of the more spin-friendly in Australia," said Stead.

"Will offers something different to our two other spinners in the squad with his right arm off-spin and height.

"The fact he's played a lot of cricket in Sydney during his career for New South Wales will also be helpful as we prepare for this final test."

Somerville has played five first-class games at the SCG for New South Wales, taking 23 wickets at 20.69.

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