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Black Caps bowlers out

- Sports · Cricket · West Indies · Daryl Mitchell · England · Championship · Wellington, New Zealand · Gary Stead

Black Caps all-rounder Colin de Grand­hom­me­has been ruled out of the upcoming test se­ries against the West In­dies due to bone bruis­ing in his right foot.

He’s been re­placed by Daryl Mitchell.

Spin­ner­a­jaz Pa­tel’s left calf tear has im­proved, but not enough to be avail­able for the first test start­ing next Thurs­day in Hamil­ton, with Mitchell Sant­ner drafted into the squad as spin cover.

Sant­ner, whois set to play the open­ingt20a­gainst thewindies at Eden Park to­mor­rown­ight af­ter com­ing out of­man­aged iso­la­tion today, has also been con­firmed to be­comethe eighth Black Capst20 cap­tain­whenhe takes over from­tim Southee for the third and fi­nal match of the se­ries at Bay Oval on Mon­day.

Coach Gary Stead con­firmed the changes.

“The un­avail­abil­ity of Colin and Ajaz has ob­vi­ously had a flow-on ef­fect to our T20squad­whoare pro­vid­ing the re­place­ment play­ers for the test squad,” he said.

“I high­lighted last weekhowtig­ht and com­plex the sched­ule­was— so whenyou throw in­somein­juries, it re­ally be­gins to chal­lenge­howyou jug­gle your re­sources.

“Mitch and Daryl will be avail­able for the fi­nal T20game, be­fore link­ing up­with the test squadon Tues­day.

“They both proved last­sum­merin the tests against Eng­land what they can do in our con­di­tions with Mitch scor­ing a cen­tury and claim­ing three wick­ets at Bay Oval, while Daryl pro­duced a pol­ished half-cen­tury on de­but at Sed­don Park.

“I’d like to ac­knowl­edge Mitch Sant­ner for tak­ing on the re­spon­si­bil­ity to cap­tain thet20­side. It’s a great hon­our to lead your coun­try and Iknowhis calm de­meanour, along with the sheer amountof in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence he’s amassed in the past five years, will hold­him in­good stead.

“With just two days be­tween the two se­ries, we’ve­made­the de­ci­sion to have ourt20­play­ers, whoare also test reg­u­lars, as­sem­ble in Hamil­ton on the­mon­dayand that re­flects our fo­cus on the­world Test Cham­pi­onship.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing for Colin to be ruled out com­pletely and he’ll­now tar­get be­ing fit and avail­able for the Box­ing­day test at Bay Oval.

“Ajaz will join the team in Hamil­ton to have treat­ment and train. Wewill makea call on the sec­ond test in Welling­ton closer to the time.”

Since de­but­ing in 2015, Sant­ner’s played 138 times for the Black Caps.

His 52T20 wick­ets are the­most by any­black Caps bowler since his de­but andhe is cur­rently ranked sixth in the Ic­c­t20bowl­ing rank­ings.

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