Ross Taylor has been excluded from the side’s first ODI match against Bangladesh, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday. The batsman has sustained a tear on his left-hamstring and hence he won’t be able to feature in the first ODI slated to take place on March 20.
The 37-year-old sustained the injury during a Plunkett Shield match between Central Stags and Wellington Firebirds while fielding. He will join New Zealand’s squad in Dunedin on March 17, however, he will sit out for the first ODI.
All-rounder Mark Chapman has been called-in as the replacement of Taylor and has already played six ODI matches for the Blackcaps.
Meanwhile, Taylor will be monitored and also undergo treatment before he completely gets fit to feature in the rest of the series. Earlier, skipper Kane Williamson was also ruled out of the ODI series due to an injury on his left elbow.
“It’s a shame for Ross to have this happen on the eve of a series” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.
“It’s a small tear and we’re hopeful after some rest and rehabilitation we can get him fit for the second game in Christchurch. It’s an exciting time for Mark who’s come in and performed well recently for the T20 side, so we have full confidence he can do the job if called upon,” he added.
The ODI series will commence on March 20 at Dunedin, followed by second ODI at Hagley Oval on March 23. While the third and final ODI match will be played at the Basin Reserve on March 26.