BLACK CAPS BLOW AS IN­JURY RULES OUT CRAIG

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New Zealand’s chances of claw­ing their way back into the Test se­ries against In­dia have been dealt a blow af­ter lead spin­ner Mark Craig was ruled out of the two re­main­ing matches. Off-spin­ner Craig suf­fered the side strain in the first Test where he re­turned fig­ures of 2-139. “We’re re­ally dis­ap­pointed for Mark, know­ing the work he’s put in to pre­pare for this se­ries,” said New Zealand coach Mike Hes­son. “He started well with the ball in the first in­nings, be­fore de­vel­op­ing the side strain.” Craig has been re­placed in the squad by Jee­tan Pa­tel, who last played for New Zealand in Jan­uary 2013. This was the third blow for New Zealand who are al­ready with­out Tim Southee and Jimmy Neasham.

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