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Boland retains spot in Australian squad for two Test tour of New Zealand

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Selectors have stuck by Scott Boland ahead of the Australian men's side's upcoming tour of Aotearoa despite a recent injury scare for the 34-year-old.

The Sheffield Shield veteran was unable to complete his 17th over with knee soreness in Victoria's first innings in the field against South Australia last weekend.

Scans cleared Boland of any serious injury before he made a short cameo with the bat and bowled 16 overs, finishing with figures of 2-35 in Victoria's second innings.

It was Boland's first red-ball game for over two months after spending the Aussie summer in the Test camp despite going unused.

Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and skipper Pat Cummins enjoyed consistency in both performance and fitness across all five tests, with allrounders Cameron Green and Mitch Marsh able to chip-in across the middle overs to reduce their workload.

Although seam-friendly conditions across the Tasman would favour Boland's stump-to-stump exploits, New Zealand's massive 281-run win over South Africa earlier this week is likely to rule out any unforced rotations - particularly after the Blackcaps leapfrogged Australian in the World Teat Championship standings.

New Zealand will be looking to post their first red-ball win over Australia at home since 2000.

Boland will also have to contend with Michael Neser, who returns to the Test squad and is similarly suited to Kiwi decks with the added bonus of 12-month period impressing with the bat.

"It's great to see Michael Neser get another opportunity in the squad following his ever-consistent performances over a long period of time and the conditions we expect," chief selector George Bailey said.

"As we know every Test match provides vital opportunities to obtain valuable WTC points and we expect this tour will be a tough challenge against a very strong side who have been so consistent at home for a long period of time."

New Zealand hosts Australia for a two-Test series starting February 29.

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