The tourists were already dealing with players’ illness issue in Australia. Jeet Raval, who is in the XI, is currently suffering from flu.
New Zealand’s injury list has added another player on Australian tour as fast bowler Matt Henry suffered broken thumb. The X-rays confirmed that Henry had suffered a broken thumb on the opening day of the Sydney Test against Australia.
The right-arm fast bowler suffered the fracture on the opening day of third Test while trying to stop Joe Burns’ drive off his own bowling. After getting hurt, he left the field for a while to deal with the split fingernail but the X-rays have confirmed a broken thumb.
The coach Gary Stead explained that Henry’s extra pace was one of the reasons why he was picked in the side over New Zealand’s main bowler Tim Southee.
“I guess the decision making around that, we just felt that we wanted a little more pace out there, what Matt Henry sort of offers over Tim,” Gary said. “And being the workload that Tim has had not just in the last two Tests but if you put the last four together, it’s somewhere around 200 overs in a short period of time, just felt that what Matt offered would have given us a point of difference.”