New Zealand pacer Matt Henry has been ruled out of the ongoing West Indies tour due to a rib injury and has been replaced by fellow pacer Ben Sears, who is yet to make his ODI debut.
The 30-year-old Henry first experienced pain in his left side during training last week and, with injury failing to improve, the decision was made to replace him in the squad.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said the decision was taken as a precautionary measure. “It is a shame for Matt to have to return home at this point of the tour. Although the injury is not overly serious – we felt there was a significant risk it would become worse through playing.
“With the upcoming ODI series starting on Wednesday and consisting of three games over five days, we saw it as prudent to bring in a fully fit replacement. Matt is on his way home as we speak and will begin his rehabilitation immediately with an eye to being ready for the ODI series in Australia in early September.”
New Zealand have secured the T20I leg 2-0 against West Indies. The sides will play the third game on Monday (August 15) before shifting focus to the three-match ODI series, which is scheduled between August 17-21 in Bridgetown.
“Ben comes fresh from a successful tour with the BlackCaps in Europe and while he is yet to play ODI cricket – we believe he’s ready if called upon. At 24-years-old he’s an exciting young prospect and we like the pace and skills he possesses,” Stead said.
Sears will arrive in Jamaica on Sunday and will fly with the squad to Barbados on Monday.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Ben Sears, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.