BLACK CAPS BLOW AS INJURY RULES OUT CRAIG
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.