New Zealand v England: Black Caps without Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme for second test


Star Black Caps paceman Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme have been ruled out of the second test against England in Hamilton because of injury.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that Boult (rib) and de Grandhomme (abdominal) suffered muscle injuries in the first test in Mount Maunganui.

Northern Districts all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has subsequently been called up to the test team for the first time. He featured against England in the Twenty20 series the Black Caps lost 3-2 earlier this month.

Trent Boult picked up a rib injury in New Zealand's big win over England in the first test on his home ground, Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval.

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Trent Boult picked up a rib injury in New Zealand’s big win over England in the first test on his home ground, Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval.

“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,” NZC’s statement read. 

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“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.”

NZC said Boult and de Grandhomme would begin resting and rehabilitating ahead of the Black Caps’ departure for the three-test series in Australia on December 7.

Their absences will force the Black Caps to reshuffle a winning team as they lead the two-test series 1-0. The second test against England starts at Seddon Park on Friday.

Mitchell joined the Black Caps on Wednesday, as did Auckland Aces fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and Canterbury spinner Todd Astle.

Colin de Grandhomme will also miss the second test in Hamilton because of injury.

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Colin de Grandhomme will also miss the second test in Hamilton because of injury.

Boult has missed only six tests since his debut in Hobart in 2011: two v South Africa and one v West Indies in 2012, one v Pakistan in 2016, and another two against South Africa in 2017.

Incidentally, New Zealand’s last home test defeat was against South Africa in Wellington in 2017 when Boult was absent because of a groin injury. The 30-year-old’s likely replacement would be Ferguson or Matt Henry. 

Boult underwent a scan on Tuesday on the rib injury that forced him off the field after bowling just one over on day five of New Zealand’s innings and 65-run win over England at Mount Maunganui.

Daryl Mitchell (left) joins the test team for the first time after featuring for the Black Caps in T20 internationals.

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Daryl Mitchell (left) joins the test team for the first time after featuring for the Black Caps in T20 internationals.

There was concern around Boult who suffered soreness in his ribs on his right side after England’s first innings at Bay Oval. After treatment before play it flared up again on Monday.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead on Tuesday said there was no need to risk Boult at Hamilton with bigger cricketing fish to fry across the Tasman.

The first of three tests against Australia is at Perth’s Optus Stadium on December 12, under lights with a pink ball, and Boult’s absence would be a major blow to their chances of starting the series with a rush.

Boult’s record in two day-night tests is staggering: figures of 7-101 against Australia at Adelaide in 2015 and 9-99 against England at Auckland last year. With the pink ball swinging appreciably for the left-armer that adds up to 16 wickets at 12.5.

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Publish date : 2019-11-27 01:53:00

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