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| On Updated : Dec 16, 2019 1:14 PM IST

Boxing Day Test: New Zealand quick ruled out

New Zealand has suffered a massive blow as their tearaway quick been ruled out for the remainder of the Test series in Australia. Fast bowler, Lockie Ferguson picked up a calf strain on Day 1 of the first Test at the WACA.

New Zealand Cricket provides update

New Zealand Cricket, on Monday, provided an update on Ferguson’s injury. The board suggested that the quick will fly to New Zealand as he requires four to six weeks for rehabilitation.

“Lockie Ferguson is returning home from Australia after sustaining a grade two right calf-muscle tendon strain while bowling in the 1st Test in Perth. The injury is expected to need four to six weeks rehabilitation,” Blackcaps tweeted.

As of now, no replacement player has been named.

Injury woes intensify

Trent Boult is already on the sidelines and the Blackcaps were a bowler short at Perth with Ferguson’s injury. Neil Wagner and Tim Southee will be joined by either recovering Trent Boult or Matt Henry for the Boxing Day Test. Colin de Grandhomme will be the supporting act. Kane Williamson was hopeful that Trent Boult should be back in time for the second test in Melbourne.

For Australia, Josh Hazlewood is a doubt for 2nd Test after a hamstring injury during Day 2 of the first Test.

New Zealand suffered a massive defeat in the first Test, and trail 1-0 in the three-match series.

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