Cricket: Will Young, Matt Henry return as Blackcaps win toss and bowl in second test against England

Will Young will make his test return for the Blackcaps, who've reinforced the batting lineup for the second test against England, played at Wellington's Basin Reserve.

Blackcaps captain Tim Southee won the toss and opted to bowl first on the opening day of the second test, with two changes to the New Zealand side that were comprehensively beaten in the series opener at Mt Maunganui.

Young, 30, will play his first test since June 2022, and drops down the order to No.4, in a reshuffled batting order.

Having primarily batted in the top order, Young averages 28.60 in test cricket, with six half-centuries from 12 test matches, and a high score of 89.

Henry Nicholls moves one placed down the order to No.5, where he averages 40.14 with six of his eight test centuries coming from that position.

However, Young's inclusion comes at the expense of Scott Kuggeleijn and leaves the Blackcaps a bowler short.

Matt Henry also comes back into the XI in place of first test debutant Blair Tickner, and slots in alongside captain Tim Southee and Neil Wagner as part of a three-pronged seam attack.

All-rounder Michael Bracewell gives Southee a spin option, batting at No.8, while Daryl Mitchell will likely be called on as a fifth bowler.

England, meanwhile, are unchanged after their win at Bay Oval - their first victory in New Zealand since 2008.

The Blackcaps trail 0-1 in the best of two series, with a defeat or draw to condemn New Zealand to the first home test series defeat since 2017.

Blackcaps: 1-Tom Latham, 2-Devon Conway, 3-Kane Williamson, 4-Will Young, 5-Henry Nicholls, 6-Daryl Mitchell, 7-Tom Blundell (wk), 8-Michael Bracewell, 9-Tim Southee (c), 10-Matt Henry, 11-Neil Wagner

England: 1-Zak Crawley, 2-Ben Duckett, 3-Ollie Pope, 4-Joe Root, 5-Harry Brook, 6-Ben Stokes (c), 7-Ben Foakes (wk), 8-Stuart Broad, 9-Ollie Robinson, 10-Jack Leach, 11-James Anderson