Wellington: New Zealand's battle for survival in the final cricket Test against South Africa suffered a blow on Monday with captain Ross Taylor taken to hospital with a suspected broken wrist.
At tea on the fourth day New Zealand were 231-4 in reply to South Africa's 474-9 declared, needing a further 43 to avoid the follow on and with doubt Taylor would be able to bat again.
The senior New Zealand batsman, who was hit on the hand by the first ball he faced from Dale Steyn, had reached 18 when he was struck on the left wrist by an express delivery from Morne Morkel soon after the lunch break.
He attempted to play on but lasted one ball, which he nudged for a single, before walking off and being taken to hospital to be X-rayed.
New Zealand were on 160-3 and battling to reach 275 to make South Africa bat again when Dean Brownlie joined Kane Williamson and cautiously advanced in a 59-run stand.
But with diligence called for as they approached the tea break, Brownlie top-edged an attempted pull shot off Vernon Philander on the third delivery with the new ball and was caught at fine leg by Steyn for 29.