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Things are expected to be different at Wellington, which has clear forecast (at least for Thursday) as both New Zealand and South Africa would definitely aim for a result © Getty Images

After a competitive draw in the opening Test, hosts New Zealand get set to take on South Africa once again, in the second of the three-Test series at the Basin Reserve Ground in Wellington on Thursday. Although there could have been a possible result on the final day of the opening Test, the unfortunate interference from the rain gods marred the decider to draw first blood in the series. Nevertheless, things are expected to be different at Wellington, which has clear forecast (at least for Thursday) as the teams would definitely aim for a result, and pray that the rain gods stay away. Meanwhile, let us have a look on the possible playing XI both the sides could field on Thursday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Wellington

Top order: The New Zealand top-order is most likely to begin with Tom Latham and Jeet Raval. Although they were not very impressive in the opening Test, Kane Williamson will certainly give them another shot at Wellington to get things right. Williamson himself will be at No. 3.

For South Africa, the top-order may or may not start with Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar. While Elgar is certain to retain his spot following an impressive century and scoring more than 200 runs in the opening Test, Cook may miss out, after getting dismissed in single figures in both the innings. Theunis de Bruyn will have to sit out. There is no such doubt regarding Hashim Amla at No. 3. Preview: Injury laden New Zealand eye win against in-form South Africa

Middle-order: The New Zealand middle-order is likely to start with debutant Neil Broom, followed by Henry Nicholls. While Jimmy Neesham may be left out for Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling will hold up the rear. However, Neesham may still play on instead of Mitchell Santner

For South Africa, the middle-order is unlikely to change, with JP Duminy starting things off, followed by skipper Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock. New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Tim Southee to replace Trent Boult

Bowling attack: The bowling attack is likely to start Tim Southee (replacement for the injured Trent Boult), who will be supported by Neil Wagner and de Grandhomme. While Patel’s show at Dunedin makes him a certainty, Santner may be axed in favour of Neesham.

South Africa’s pace attack will consists of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, who will be backed by the left-arm spin of Keshav Maharaj. This means that Duanne Olivier will miss out. Temba Bavuma develops his style of play ahead of 2nd Test vs NZ

Likely XI for New Zealand: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (c), Neil Broom, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham/Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner.

Likely XI for South Africa: Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.