Kyle Jamieson’s stress fracture in his back has put him out of the first Test between New Zealand and England, which begins on Thursday.
Matt Henry, a fellow fast bowler, is also unable to play due of the birth of his first kid. The replacements are uncapped seamers Scott Kuggeleijn and Jacob Duffy.
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Jamieson made his first appearance for a New Zealand XI since sustaining the injury in England in June last week during a two-day tour match.
This week, the ailment flared up once more, and the club announced on Tuesday that he will be unable to compete at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Scans revealed the fracture, which will need more testing and care.
Gary Stead, the coach of New Zealand, stated, “It’s extremely upsetting for Kyle to have this happen after he’d put so much hard effort into getting himself back on the ground.
Since his injuries in June, we have taken great care to manage his comeback by having monthly checkups with our medical personnel, which have included scans.
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Even though Kyle isn’t in any discomfort, the evidence suggests he has a stress fracture. As a result, he will fly back to Christchurch today and get a CT scan on Friday before we determine what to do next. Tom Blundell and Henry Nicholls, two batsmen, have also been prevented from joining the squad due to travel issues brought on by Cyclone Gabrielle, which is still wreaking havoc on New Zealand‘s North Island.
Both teams’ preparations have been hampered by Cyclone Gabrielle, which has forced them to practise inside. Most of the North Island has seen floods and severe winds as a result of the storm, and Thursday is predicted to be rainy.