New Zealand pacer Matt Henry
New Zealand pacer Matt Henry

Matt Henry replaces injured Neil Wagner in New Zealand squad

ANI | Updated: Jan 01, 2021 08:22 IST


Christchurch [New Zealand], January 1 (ANI): New Zealand seamer Matt Henry has been added to the squad for the second Test against Pakistan at Hagley Oval starting on Sunday.
Henry has replaced Neil Wagner, who is recovering from undisplaced fractures in both the fourth and fifth toes of his right foot, sustained in the first Test at Bay Oval.
Wagner, who bowled with a fractured toe, played a key role in New Zealand's tilling 101-run win against Pakistan in the first Test on Wednesday.

The left-handed bowler, who needed injections to numb the pain in the first Test, is expected to be out for more than five weeks.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Henry brings Test experience and local knowledge to the squad.
"Matt has been in good form with the ball having recently taken 6-53 for New Zealand A against the Pakistan Shaheens (A side) in December," Stead said in an official statement.
"We're still a couple of days out from the Test, so need to take a look at the surface while also assessing our options for best-possible team make-up," he added.
With the win in the first Test, New Zealand not only gained a 1-0 lead in the Test series but also moved closer to the No.1 spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings. The side will confirm their place on the top if they clinch the series. (ANI)

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