New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out of the Test series against England," New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced in a media release. Jamieson has suffered yet another set back in what appears to be yet another stress fracture, similar to the one he had in England last June, according to the latest MRI scans. Fellow fast bowler Matt Henry will miss the first Test at the Bay Oval due to the birth of his first child.
In their place, New Zealand have called up the the uncapped duo of Jacob Duffy and Scott Kuggeleijn and are expected to join the squad ahead of the first day-night Test in Mount Maunganui. Duffy comes into the squad following his impressive performance in the Plunket Shield that has seen him pick up 22 wickets so far this season, that includes two five-wicket hauls.
The good news for the Blackcaps is that Tom Blundell, who welcomed his second child recently and Henry Nicholls, whose flight had been delayed from Christchurch on Monday (February 13) due to Cyclone Gabrielle too are expected to link up with the squad soon.
New Zealand head coach remains hopeful that the team now can fully focus on the Test series, following a host of changes. “Firstly, we’re delighted for Tom and Kate to have welcomed their second child into the world,” he said.
“Family is always the priority in our environment and that’s informed the decision around Matt and his availability for the Test. We wish him and his wife Holly all the best as they await the birth of their first child in Christchurch.”
Speaking of Jamieson, since recovering from the injury, he has made a successful return for Auckland Aces in the in Super Smash and also the Ford Trophy before playing the two-day warm-up game, that saw the pacer pick up three wickets in the 15 overs he bowled.
“It’s really gutting for Kyle to have this happen after he’d put so much hard work in to getting himself back on the park," Stead said.
“Since the injury in June we’ve certainly taken a cautious approach to managing his return with regular monitoring by our medical staff which has included scans.
“While Kyle’s not feeling any pain, the evidence is pretty clear he has a stress-fracture and so he’ll return to Christchurch today and have a CT scan on Friday before we decide on the next steps."
The first Test at the Bay Oval will get underway from Thursday (February 16).