Mitchell to make NZ cricket Test debut

Daniel Gilhooly

Debut all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has been anointed a Test-quality player by New Zealand veteran Ross Taylor ahead of the second and final match of the series against England in Hamilton.

Mitchell, the son of former All Blacks coach John Mitchell, has been confirmed to start the Test at his home ground of Seddon Park on Friday in place of the injured Colin de Grandhomme.

The 28-year-old's only international experience has come in nine Twenty20 internationals.

However, Taylor is adamant seam bowling all-rounder Mitchell can settle quickly in the longer form and fill a sizeable vacancy left by de Grandhomme, who suffered an abdominal muscle tear during the first Test, which the hosts won by an innings and 65 runs.

Taylor believed New Zealand's depth was the richest he'd seen during his 13-year international career.

"When I started out, when we had a guy on debut you hoped the player would do well, and I think now we expect the player to do well. That's a good place to be," he said.

"Colin de Grandhomme has (left) some very big shoes to fill but he (Mitchell) has had some experience at Twenty20 level and had a very good campaign on the first-class scene."

New-ball bowler Trent Boult was also ruled out after straining a muscle above his ribs.

His replacement will be uncapped paceman Lockie Ferguson or Matt Henry, who has been a fringe international for five years but only notched 10 Tests.

Henry impressed against South Africa at Seddon Park three years ago, which may work in his favour if the Kiwi selectors don't want to take a risk on proven white-ball performer Ferguson.

A decision will be made once conditions are assessed on Friday morning.

Boult and de Grandhomme are both targeting a return to fitness for the three-Test series in Australia, starting in Perth on December 12.

England's major injury concern surrounds wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who has a back niggle.

Skipper Joe Root said a starting XI won't be confirmed until close to the toss.