Wednesday 4 June 2008 

Brendon McCullum Injury Doubt For New Zealand

New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum is struggling with a back injury and may only be able to play in the third and final Test against England at Trent Bridge.

If he does not take the gloves and plays as a specialist batsman, Gareth Hopkins, New Zealand's reserve wicket-keeper will make his Test debut.

McCullum has been suffering with the back injury since England's six-wicket win in the second Test at Old Trafford, with captain Daniel Vettori commenting, "He has had a bit of a tough time with it, he’s had a run around and a keep today and he is another guy we will have to make a decision on in the morning.

“He is not in doubt to bat but there is the possibility his back might not be up to keeping. Therefore we might have to make more changes.”

Daniel Flynn has been passed fit after he was hit in the mouth by a James Anderson bouncer at Old Trafford while New Zealand are thought to be considering replacing James Marshall with Peter Fulton with Tim Southee expected to replace Iain O'Brien.

England lead the series 1-0 after winning in Old Trafford while the first match at Lord's was drawn.

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