Boult, de Grandhomme ruled out of second Test, Mitchell called in

New Zealand fast bowlerTrent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme have been ruled out of second Test match against Engalnd with injuries. Boult could only manage to bowl one over on the final day of the first Test in Mount Maunganui.

The fast bowler went for an MRI scan yesterday with the results showing he had strained one of the muscles overlying his ribs on his right-hand side. Colin de Grandhomme has sustained a tear to his left lower abdominal muscle during England’s second innings at Bay Oval.

The injured pair will begin rehabiliation with an aim to return for the Kiwis’ first Test game against Australia on December 12 in Perth.

All-rounder Daryl Mitchell has been added to the squad as a replacement for de Grandhomme and will probably play while Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry will fight for the final spot that left vacant by Boult.

“It’s as good as it can be, so hopefully they won’t be out for too long,” bowling coach Shane Jurgensen said. “We want them on the plane to Perth. So it’s a case of rest and rehab for them over the course of this Test. Trent will doing physio five times a day for the next week. He’ll be sleeping with the physio. Hopefully it will be quite a quick rehab.”


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