New Zealand's Neesham out of first India test with rib injury

26-year-old is expected to be fit for second match, which will start from September 30 in Kolkata

Reuters September 20, 2016

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been ruled out of the first test against India in Kanpur after being hit in the ribs by a ball while batting in the nets.

The 26-year-old was recalled for the tour after suffering back pain while bowling last year. However, according to Kiwis coach Mike Hesson, Neesham is expected to be available for the second test. "It will take a few days for the bruising to go away, but it's very much a short-term injury," Hesson said. "Jimmy won't be available for selection in Kanpur, but we expect him to be back to full fitness ahead of the second test."

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Hesson also said that there was no need to replace Neesham in the squad. The first test of the Kiwis tour of India begins on Thursday, with the second in Kolkata from Sept. 30- Oct. 4 and the final match in Indore from Oct. 8-12.


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