New Zealand fast bowler Andy McKay has been ruled out of the two-Test match series against Pakistan due to a side strain and the 30-year-old left-armer will be replaced in new Zealand's squad by experienced quick man Daryl Tuffey.
Tuffey himself has just recovered from a bicep-strain, and has featured in just four Test matches in the past six and a half years, the latest of which was against Australia in March last year. He has 77 wickets from 25 games played at an average of 31.1.
The New Zealand cricket team has struggled with injuries to players recently. Star fast bowler Shane Bond succumbed to recurring injuries and retired from cricket while a knee injury has kept all-rounder Jacob Oram out of action.
The Black Caps will host two-Test matches and six One-Day Internationals against Pakistan before the start of the World Cup in February.
The three-match T-20 series was won by the hosts with a 2-1 margin. The first Test between the two teams starts on 7th January in Hamilton.
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