Southee may pass WACA test

NEW Zealand bowler Tim Southee is a good chance of playing in tomorrow's second Test at the WACA after coming through a light training session.

The strike bowler came through unscathed and looks likely to take his place in the visitors' bowling attack in Perth.

Southee was unable to bowl in the second innings of the Gabba Test but after having a run around and a bowl yesterday, the signs are promising he will play tomorrow.

The Kiwis were pleased with how the swing bowler was able to get through the session.

Southee was due to have a more rigorous workout today and provided he comes through that well, he is expected to open the bowling alongside Trent Boult.

Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner was called in as cover for Southee but could now be bowling alongside him as the tourists contemplate a four-pronged pace attack on the bouncy WACA wicket.

Wagner arrived yesterday and said Southee would do his utmost to make the team.

"Timmy's a tough customer," Wagner said.

"He's a hard bloke and I'm pretty sure he'll be fighting as hard as he can to get back in the team and make sure he's ready for this Test.

"No doubt he will be," he added.


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