Boult (upper leg) and Taylor (calf) were injured in the drawn First Test in
The 27-year-old Boult had said during the match that he had been close to being available for the game, and McMillan added on Sunday that the left-armer had been bowling in the nets.
“You can’t take players into a Test against
“I haven’t spoken to him for a couple of days, but I’m sure he is keen. He loves playing there, and he’s done well in recent times.”
Proteas left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took a career-best 6/40 in the second innings, despite the ball not turning appreciably on what was a good batting wicket.
Pundits criticised some of the selection decisions, particularly going in with only two front-line seamers and trying to bolster the batting with all-rounders Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme.
The pair scored a combined total of 23 runs in
Opener Tom Latham is also woefully out of form, having scored 10, 8 and 6 in the two Tests against the Proteas after notching scores of 7, 0, 0, 2 and 0 in the five one-day matches he played against Australia and South Africa last month.
McMillan, however, said there were unlikely to be any changes to the squad for the final Test, which starts at
“We’ve got the best players in
“Yesterday, they didn’t stand up. Yesterday was a terrible day. To lose within three days is unacceptable, and the group is hurting and disappointed.”