New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of this month’s opening Test against Pakistan with a fractured wrist, the country’s cricket board said on Friday.
The 24-year-old left-armer was struck on his right wrist while training with the Northern Districts and is also doubtful for the second match of the two-Test series.
Santner, who has played 10 Tests for the Black Caps, showed promise during the recent tour of India where New Zealand were blanked 3-0 in the Test series and lost the following five-match one-day international series 3-2.
“After such a strong tour of India, it’s really disappointing for Mitch to pick up this injury ahead of the first match of the home summer,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said in a statement.
“We’re unsure whether Mitch will be available for the second Test at this stage, but we’ll be monitoring his recovery closely and look forward to having him back.”
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The first Test against Pakistan begins on Nov. 17 in Christchurch with the second Test in Hamilton from Nov. 25.