New Zealand at home will be playing a 3 match T20I and 2 Test match series against West Indies. The black caps will resume their international cricket after a long break of close to 10 months. Ahead of West Indies tour, New Zealand face concerns as a long list of players are on the injured list.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is now expecting the results of the medical reports of players who have sustained injuries. Experienced speedster Tim Southee has sustained a back injury whereas their Test specialist Neil Wagner to has a groin injury concern.
New Zealand Faces Injury Issues Before West Indies Series
Two more bowlers Matt Henry with a broken thumb and spinner Ajaz Patel with a calf strain are also dubious for the series against West Indies starting in a month. In the upcoming week, the final medical reports of the concerns players will decide whether they will feature in the New Zealand side or not.
Apart from the bowlers their all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme is also out with a foot injury and left-handed batsman Henry Nicholls has a calf strain. With so many injury issues it is bound to cause headache to the New Zealand coach who looks to prepare for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.
“Injuries are always a concern and we’re certainly monitoring each case closely with our medical staff”, the New Zealand coach said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson too suffered a hamstring injury scare during the ongoing IPL 2020 season. Fortunately, Williamson was able to recover and continuous to play an integral part for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Once all the players are declared fit they are expected to play domestic cricket to fine-tune their skills before international cricket resumes in New Zealand. The 3 match T20 series will kick-off between the two sides on 27 November at Bay Oval.