Just before the New Zealand side began their home season after 8 long months, they have been hit by a couple of injury concerns as all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, and spinner Ajaz Patel have been ruled out from the Test series against West Indies.
Previously the cricket in New Zealand and all its future tours had come to a standstill due to the lockdown restrictions imposed in the country by their Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern which proved beneficial for them as New Zealand was one of the countries to have been least affected by the coronavirus Disease.
The two replacements will be the ‘Mitchell’ duo of Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell. The pace-bowling all-rounder, Daryl Mitchell made a memorable test debut against England last year where he notched by a fifty on debut whereas Santner scored a ton in the very same game.
Colin de Grandhomme, Ajaz Patel Announced ruled out
The New Zealand Head Coach Gary Stead confirmed the replacements of Colin de Grandhomme and Ajaz Patel in the form of Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell as both will be available for the final T20 before edging into the test series.
As quoted by Hindustan Times, Gary Stead said, “Mitch and Daryl will be available for the final T20 game before linking up with the test squad on Tuesday where we will monitor them closely to ensure they’re fit and fresh ahead of the first Test.
Gary Stead further added how effective Santner and Mitchell have been in previous tests against England which were conducted in last summer. In that particular series, Santner scored a century batting down the order and picked up three crucial wickets whereas Daryl hit a fifty on debut at Seddon Park.
“They both proved last summer in the tests against England what they can do in our conditions with Mitch scoring a century and claiming three wickets at Bay Oval, while Daryl produced a polished half-century on debut at Seddon Park.”