New Zealand have been dealt a double blow ahead of the second Test against England with Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme ruled out.
Boult will miss the Test, starting in Hamilton on Friday, due to a strained muscle overlying his ribs on his right side.
De Grandhomme has a torn lower left abdominal muscle, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.
“Both players will remain at home to rest and begin rehabilitation ahead of the Black Caps’ departure for Australia on December 7,” the statement read.
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Boult finished with match figures of 1-103 and De Grandhomme 3-56 in New Zealand’s comprehensive win in the first Test.
De Grandhomme also made a handy 65 with the bat as the Black Caps claimed victory by an innings and 65 runs.
All-rounder Daryl Mitchell has earned his maiden Test call-up, while Lockie Ferguson and Todd Astle have rejoined the squad.