ENG vs NZ, 2nd Test: Kyle Jamieson ruled out of the remaining innings due to lower back pain

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ENG vs NZ, 2nd Test: Kyle Jamieson ruled out of the remaining innings due to lower back pain

Kyle Jamieson will not take the field on day four of the second Test after complaining of pain in the lower back.

Kyle Jamieson walked off the field midway in the 17th over of the innings on day three after he experienced a “sharp pain” in his lower left back. He was immediately taken for an MRI scan to determine the nature & extent of his injury.

Even with the presence of Kyle Jamieson, New Zealand has struggled to restrict England’s run-flow through the day as the hosts’ score read 383 runs. Jamieson too couldn’t create an impact with the ball as he conceded four runs per over in his wicket-less spell,  the most expensive he’s been across an innings since his debut over two years ago.

Two years back, when Jamieson made his debut he became an essential part of New Zealand’s bowling attack as he missed just one of the 17 Tests he played for New Zealand. After playing sixteen Tests since his debut he is still averaging under 20. Last week, after he took six wickets at Lord’s in New Zealand’s five-wicket defeat, he rose to No.3 in the ICC men’s Test bowling rankings.

Jamieson hasn’t had any major injury concerns since his debut, though he did pull up during a County Championship game for Surrey last summer. There is a week’s gap between the end of the second Test & the commencement of the third Test at Headingley. New Zealand can include Neil Wagner in the Playing XI in place of injured Jamieson for the remaining of the innings. Wagner who was initially named in the Test squad is yet to feature in the Test series.

Kyle Jamieson’s injury is a major jolt for New Zealand who is already missing the services of their Captain Kane Williamson who had to pull out on the eve of this Test after he tested positive for Covid-19.

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