New Zealand have been dealt an injury blow with the news all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme has been ruled out for the rest of the Test series with England.
De Grandhomme suffered a tear in his right heel as New Zealand slumped to defeat against England at Lord's and is expected to be out for around three months.
The Black Caps have added Michael Bracewell to their touring party, with the left-hander already with the squad in London to provide cover for Henry Nicholls, who has also been carrying an injury. Coach Gary Stead said: "It's a real shame for Colin to suffer this injury so early in the series," coach Gary Stead said. He's a massive part of our Test side and we'll certainly miss him. "It's great to be able to call on someone like Michael who's been with the squad for the past month and is match-ready." De Grandhomme top-scored with 42 in New Zealand's first innings at Lord's but otherwise had a match to forget in the five-wicket defeat.
He was run out off his first ball in the second innings and bowled England captain Ben Stokes, who went on to make a crucial half-century, off a no-ball before leaving the field injured.
The second Test at Trent Bridge begins on Friday. Meanwhile, recalled England bowler Stuart Broad has described the first Test against New Zealand as one of the 'most fun' experiences he has had in international cricket. "I started this season not knowing if I'd pull on the England shirt again," the 35-year-old said. "I was just enjoying every day for what it was. "You rock up with huge nerves but when you get that victory, the day is so enjoyable. "It's been one of the most fun weeks we've had as a team."
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