Boult, de Grandhomme ruled out of second Test with injuries

Boult, de Grandhomme ruled out of second Test with injuries

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Hamilton, Nov 27 : Fast bowler Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme have been ruled out of New Zealand's 14-member squad for the second Test against England, due to injuries.

As confirmed by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday, Boult and de Grandhomme suffered muscle injuries during the first Test in Mount Maunganui, and hence won't be able to take further part in the series.

De Grandhomme has sustained an abdominal muscle injury, while Boult had experienced pain on the right side of his ribs, which forced him to leave the field after bowling only one over on the final day of the first Test.

"An MRI scan yesterday confirmed Boult had strained one of the muscles overlying his ribs on his right-hand side, but cleared him of any bone stress," New Zealand Cricket said in a statement. "Colin de Grandhomme has a tear to his left lower abdominal muscle, sustained during the second fielding innings in the first Test win over England at Bay Oval."

Boult underwent a scan on Tuesday and Gary Stead, the head coach, said that there was no need to risk the left-arm pacer, with a three-Test series against Australia coming up next month, an ICC report said.

Northern Districts all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has subsequently earned his maiden Test call-up, while fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and leg-spinner Todd Astle, who were released to play the domestic One-Day Cup, have re-joined the team. The second Test will be played at Hamilton's Seddon Park from November 29. New Zealand squad for 2nd Test: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee Neil Wagner, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Todd Astle. (UNI)