ENG vs NZ: New Zealand players Kyle Jamieson and Cam Fletcher have been ruled out of the test series against England. Kyle Jamieson who is fast bowling all-rounder suffered a lower back injury and was unable to bowl in the second innings of the second test against England. Whereas Cam Fletcher who is a wicket-keeper batsman is ruled out of the series due to a grade-two right hamstring strain.
Jamieson sustained the injury when bowling on the third day of play against England at Trent Bridge, keeping him out of action for the rest of the match, except for a brief cameo for batting in the second innings. He is scheduled to return home, and coach Gary Stead anticipates that he will need four to six weeks of recuperation before beginning a rehabilitation program to return to play in September or October.
Blair Tickner, who was with the Test side during the early tour games in England, has been summoned into the team as Jamieson’s substitute and will be in the UK before the third Test in Leeds next week.
As they say, one’s loss is one’s gain as Dane Cleaver has received a maiden call-up as a replacement for Cam Fletcher.
“It’s always disappointing to see players have to leave a tour early because of injuries. Kyle had played such an important role in the first Test at Lord’s, and I know how sad he was to have his participation in the second Test cut short,” Stead remarked.
“He’s obviously a tremendous asset for us, and we’ll be conservative with his recuperation to ensure he returns completely fit with plenty of crucial cricket left this year. Blair and Dane are looking forward to joining us for the final Test at Headingley next week,” Stead added.