By: Tarish Bhatt
New Zealand have received a setback as Jimmy Neesham is deemed unfit for the 1st Test against India. Neesham has sustained a rib injury, and he won’t take part in the series opener, starting September 22 in Kanpur.
Neesham’s participation in the practice match in Delhi was also limited, as he managed only five overs in the match.
The Blackcaps, however, have not named any replacement for the allrounder. He is expected to recover for the second match, from what termed as a ‘short-term’ injury by the kiwi coach, Mike Hesson.
“Jimmy was struck in the nets and has been in discomfort the last few days,” Hesson informed. “It will take a few days for the bruising to go away, but it’s very much a short-term injury.”
Neesham is the second player after Tim Southee who has suffered an injury. Southee has been ruled out of the entire series owing to an injury in his left ankle. Pacer Matt Henry was named his replacement.
The injury has come as a setback for Neesham. He made his way into the squad after recovering from a back injury, which he sustained in November, last year. The 1st Test will take place at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.