NZ vs ENG 2022: Henry Nicholls suffered a calf injury in training, giving New Zealand a concern ahead of their three-Test visit to England. The team will fly to the United Kingdom in two groups on Saturday and Sunday, and at a pre-tour camp in Mt Maunganui, coach Gary Stead disclosed the middle-order batsman had injured his right leg while running drills on Monday.
“He’s having an MRI scan later today, so we’ll know more about the scope of it after that. But he’s got it strapped up, and I assume we’ll find out in the next 24 to 48 hours how serious it is,” Gary Stead said on Tuesday.
Nicholls has established himself as a prominent member of New Zealand’s middle order, averaging 40.38 in 46 Tests and scoring eight centuries, one of which came in the team’s most recent series against South Africa. If he is ruled out, New Zealand will have to hurry to find a middle-order replacement. The southpaw has scored more than 2500 runs in 46 Tests. Henry is also an experienced campaigner now as he has been around the team for some years now.
New Zealand tour of England will begin on June 2 at Lord’s, with more Tests set for Trent Bridge and Headingley. New Zealand, which is currently ranked sixth in the World Test Championship, will begin its visit with a four-day warm-up match against Sussex on Friday, followed by a four-day encounter against a First Class Counties Select XI on May 26. This will be the first assignment of the newly assigned captain of the England team Ben Stokes.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has announced an expanded coaching group for the winter tours, in line with measures taken last year to keep coaches fresh for assignments, with the Black Caps set to remain on the road until August’s trip to the West Indies.