Amidst injury woes plaguing New Zealand team, another one bites the dust, with flu-like symptoms ruling out pacer Scott Kuggeleijn from the second ODI at Auckland against India.
The performances of the likes of Hamish Bennett, Scott Kuggeleijn, and even their most experienced campaigner, Tim Southee, have only made Kiwi fans miss the likes of Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, and Trent Boult.
New Zealand management announced that in the absence of Kuggeleijn, 6’8″ tall fast bowler Kyle Jamieson is all set to earn his maiden international cap at Eden Park.
Jamieson was called in during the Test series against the Aussies. However, he did not feature in any of the Tests. Nor did he appear in the first ODI against India, despite being included in the squad.
Stand-in bowling coach of the Black Caps, Shane Jurgensen, replacing Gary Stead, who took a week off, was all praises for the lanky fast bowler.
“He’s obviously a huge man, at 6 foot eight he’s quite an imposing sight, so we are looking forward to seeing what he can do,” as quoted as saying by HT. “He’s got good skills with the new ball, he’s a good athlete and he can bat a bit as well, so has a lot of potential,” continued Jurgensen.
During the last ODI against India A, the Auckland cricketer impressed with figures of 4-49, after expensive outings in the first two games.
According to reports, Lockie Ferguson is in his final phase of rehabilitation. The pacer strained his calf muscled during the Perth Test against Australia.
Captain Kane Williamson did not feature in any of the games against India after suffering a shoulder injury while fielding in the third T20I. Meanwhile, Ish Sodhi is released to feature for New Zealand A side.