The Black Caps' loss is the Northern Knights' gain.
Tim Southee will make his first appearance of the domestic cricket season on Friday when the Northern Districts side host the Canterbury Wizards in their four-day encounter at Hamilton's Seddon Park.
Southee was a surprise omission from the New Zealand team to face the West Indies in the first test starting in Dunedin tomorrow.
Instead, the 19-year-old will replace fellow teenage quick bowler Trent Boult in the Knights squad as they try to drag themselves away from the bottom of the State Championship ladder.
"Trent has really impressed in the first three games but we are also conscious that this is his first season, the season has only just begun, he has had large workloads and he is only 19," said Knights convener of selectors Pat Malcon.
"We see Trent as a key bowler in our State Shield campaign that starts immediately after this game, and we want him fresh and bowling at his best.
"With a group of six pace bowlers, all of whom have played for the Black Caps or New Zealand A, we have the luxury of managing their workloads so that they maintain their pace and energy levels," Malcon said.
The other change to the Knights from the side that lost by an innings to Wellington in their third round game last week is the return of opener BJ Watling from injury.
Watling missed the match in the capital due to a back injury but replaces Brad Wilson for the fourth round encounter against the Wizards.
Northern Knights: James Marshall (captain), BJ Watling, Cameron Merchant, Michael Parlane, Kane Williamson, Joseph Yovich, Peter McGlashan, Graeme Aldridge, Bruce Martin, Bradley Scott, Tim Southee, Brent Arnel.
- Waikato Times
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