New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme has been ruled out of the second & third Tests due to an injury. Grandhomme pulled up short in his run-up with a ball left in his fourth over on the third day of the first Test at Lord’s & immediately left the field. Further scans revealed a tear in his right plantar fascia, the ligament which connects the heel bone to the toes.
The injury ruled him out for 10 to 12 weeks, which means he will not feature in New Zealand’s white-ball tour to Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands and is a major setback to their hope of winning the Test series.
De Grandhomme balanced the team by batting at No.7 in the first Test & amassing an unbeaten 42 in the first innings. He further dismissed Joe Root before getting run-out off the first ball on the third day of the first Test. However, in the final innings, he bowled Ben Stokes with a front-foot no-ball and then went off injured.
New Zealand has named all-rounder Michael Bracewell as Grandhomme’s replacement for the rest of the series. Bracewell was at Lord’s as cover for the injured Henry Nicholls, who could return from his calf injury in the second Test at Trent Bridge which starts on Friday.
“It’s a real shame for Colin to suffer this injury so early in the series,” Gary Stead, New Zealand’s coach, said. “He’s a massive part of our Test side and we’ll certainly miss him. It’s great to be able to call on someone like Michael who’s been with the squad for the past month and is match ready.”
The touring New Zealand squad is all set to travel to Nottingham on Tuesday ahead of their secodn Test. After reaching Nottingham, New Zealand will train on Wednesday & Thursday to prepare for the second Test beginning on June 10.
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