New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, scheduled to be played at the Basin Reserve Wellington, starting March 17. Wagner did not take field on Day Four of the first Test either after the scan revealed a bulging disc on his back and a torn right hamstring, according to a release from New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
It is understood that Wagner will require at least six weeks to recover from his injuries.
“We all know how much playing Test cricket for New Zealand means to Neil and we are all disappointed to see him sidelined like this," Blackcaps head coach Gary Stead said.
“The fact he was still hoping to play on, carrying these injuries shows you just how determined he is to try and give his all for the team.”
Wagner bowled 13 wicketless overs in the ongoing Test in Christchurch. New Zealand have been set 285 to win the game, but lost their opener Devon Conway late on Day Four. They will require a further 257 runs on the final day to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.
Fellow fast bowler Matt Henry too had received three stitches on his right hand in the webbing between his thumb and index finger. However, he had no trouble bowling on Day Four. As far as Wagner is concerned, he is available to bat, if needed at the Hagley Oval.