Black Caps bowler Matt Henry has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup in India with a torn right hamstring and has been replaced by Kyle Jamieson.
Henry picked up the injury during Wednesday’s match against South Africa in Pune, with an MRI scan confirming a grade two lower back tear that will require two to four weeks to recover from.
Coach Gary Stead said the whole team was “bad” for Henry.
“Matt has been a vital part of our one-day side for a long time and it’s disappointing to see him axed as we approach the business end of this competition.
“He has been consistently ranked within the ICC’s top 10 ODI bowlers in recent years, which is a testament to his class and skills.
“Matt is a great team player and we will all miss his personality and experience.”
Jamieson arrived in Bengaluru late on Thursday and was expected to train with the team on Friday.
It was a big outing for the 28-year-old who underwent back surgery in February and was already with the squad in India as training cover earlier in the tournament.
Stead said Jamieson was ready to go for Saturday’s game against Pakistan if needed.
“We are lucky to have a player of Kyle’s caliber waiting in the wings,” he said.
“His skills and physical attributes always make him a threat with the ball and it’s an added bonus that he was able to train with us in the first two weeks of the tournament.
“Kyle has had to work really hard to come back from two separate back injuries and I know he is excited to be involved in his first ODI World Cup.”
The Black Caps sit fourth on the Cricket World Cup ladder with two round-robin matches remaining against Pakistan on Saturday and Sri Lanka on Thursday, both in Bengaluru.
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