How NZ's Test tour went from bad to worse

Rob Forsaith

NEW ZEALAND'S TOUR OF WOE

* Arrive in Perth for the first Test with Trent Boult (side strain) and Colin de Grandhomme (abdominal tear) needing to prove their fitness. The squad has no tour game and must prepare for the extra pace, bounce and pink ball in three training sessions.

* Boult is ruled unavailable, while express paceman Lockie Ferugson makes his Test debut. Ferguson suffers a calf strain on day one, is unable to bowl in the rest of the match and returns home after the 296-run loss.

* Day one of a warm-up match in Melbourne is cancelled because of extreme heat.

* Boult returns for the Boxing Day Test, only to break his hand batting. The No.11 was struck on the glove by a delivery from Mitchell Starc.

* Tom Blundell's ton delays the inevitable as Australia ease to an unassailable 2-0 series lead on day four. Kane Williamson scores zero and nine, while his captaincy is panned by Brendon McCullum and other pundits.

* Former NSW offspinner Will Somerville is called up as Boult's replacement. Williamson and Henry Nicholls fail to train on New Year's Day because of a viral infection.

* Williamson and Nicholls fail to train again on January 2, when Mitchell Santner goes down with the same bug. Uncapped batsman Glenn Phillips hops on a hastily-booked flight out of Auckland.

* Williamson and Nicholls attempt to prove their fitness at the SCG but fail and are sent back to the hotel, where Santner is also resting.

* NZ make five changes, also omitting Tim Southee because of workload concerns. Tom Latham becomes the nation's 30th Test captain and calls incorrectly at the toss.