New Zealand’s pace bowler Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out of the last & final Test at Headingley after suffering from a stress reaction in his lower back.
Earlier on the third evening of the second Test, Kyle Jamieson walked off-field during mid-overs after suffering sharp pain in his lower back. He returned to the field in the morning of the fifth day after being passed fit to bat. He batted in New Zealand’s second innings at No.10 but couldn’t stay long after being removed for a six-ball duck off Stuart Broad’s delivery. However, Jamieson didn’t return back to bowl in the final innings of the second test, which England won by five wickets at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.
As per the MRI Scan Reports, Jamieson who was the pick of New Zealand’s bowlers during their five-wicket defeat in the first Test at Lord’s will require four to six weeks of rest before beginning a rehabilitation program targeting a potential return to play in September or October.
“It’s always sad to see players forced to leave a tour early with an injury,” Gary Stead, the New Zealand coach, said. “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.
“He’s obviously a huge asset for us and we’ll be making sure we are patient with his recovery to ensure he returns fully fit with plenty more important cricket still to come later this year.”
Pacer Blair Tickner who was a part of England’s Test team for their early tour games has been named as Jamieson’s replacement. He will join the touring squad in the UK ahead of their final test. Meanwhile, the management has named Dane Cleaver as the replacement of Cam Fletcher who was ruled out of the tour with a grade-two right-hamstring strain, sustained while fielding as a substitute on day four of the second Test.
Jamieson & Fletcher’s injuries have increased New Zealand concerns who are already reeling due to the absence of their Captain Kane Williamson after he tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the second Test.
Jamieson has missed just one of 17 Tests he played for New Zealand since his debut in 2020. He was the star bowler for the Black Caps during the first Test at Lord’s where he scalped six wickets against England & moved up to the No.3 spot in the ICC men’s Test bowling rankings.
Talking about the match, the hosts snatched victory from the visitors by chasing down the target of 299 runs in the final session of the second Test. The onslaught by Jonny Bairstow who scored 136 runs off 92 balls & Ben Stokes’ unbetaten 75 off 70 balls helped New Zealand to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
New Zealand will lock horns with England in the third & the final Test of the series, which is to be played between June 23 to June 27 at Headingley Leeds.
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