New Zealander pacer Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme would not be a part of the team’s playing XI in the second Test against England as both of them have been ruled out due to muscle injuries which they sustained in the first Test at Mount Maunganui.
All-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who plays for the Northern Districts, received his maiden call up. Apart from Daryl, spinner Todd Astle and fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, who was previously released from the team to play the domestic One-Day Cup, have been asked to re-join the squad.
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Earlier, in the first test match which the hosts won by an innings and 65 runs witnessed Boult and Grandhomme struggling with the muscle injury. Boult bowled only a single over on the final day and walked off the field.
“An MRI scan yesterday confirmed Boult had strained one of the muscles overlying his ribs on his right-hand side but cleared him of any bone stress,” New Zealand Cricket said in a statement on Wednesday (November 27).
“Colin de Grandhomme has a tear to his left lower abdominal muscle, sustained during the second fielding innings in the first test win over England at Bay Oval.” added New Zealand cricket.
The second Test between the two nations will be played on November 29, at Seddon Park in Hamilton.