Another Big set-back for New Zealand, Premium pacer ruled out of the Test series
New Zealand have suffered successive losses in the ongoing three-match Test series against England and have also lost the series. However, on the other hand, they suffered another big setback in the second match. As their premium pace bowler, Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out of the series.
On Day 5, the pacer came out to bat but was not looking in great shape and also didn't come off the ball as well in the second innings. In the end, it was confirmed by a MRI scan that he suffered a stress reaction to his lower left back. He sustained the injury while bowling on the third day.
The Kiwis' head coach, Gary Stead, confirmed that the pacer will require the rest of another five to six weeks before starting his rehabilitation schedule. He also said that the pacer is expected to make his return around September or October.
Stead stated that Jamieson was crucial in the first match at Lord's and will be disappointed not to be able to contribute in the second match.Jamieson picked up six wickets in the first test match of the series.
The head coach added, "Kyle had played such a big role in the first Test at Lord’s and I know how disappointed he was to have had his involvement in the second Test curtailed."
Notably, Blair Tickner has been called back as a replacement for Kyle Jamieson. He was part of the New Zealand squad who toured England in their early tours. He will be joining the team ahead of the third test.
On the other hand, Tickner's domestic teammate, Dane Cleaver, has also got his maiden test call for the next match. He has replaced wicket-keeper batsman Cam Fletcher, who has been ruled out of the series after suffering a right-hamstring strain of grade two. Both teams will not meet in the third and final test on June 23 at Headingley, Leeds.