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Corey Anderson ruled out of Australia Tests

Corey Anderson ruled out of Australia Tests
Corey Anderson has been ruled out of the 2015 Trans-Tasman Trophy against Australia after failing to recover from a stress related back injury.
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New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has been ruled out of the 2015 Trans-Tasman Trophy against Australia after failing to recover from a back injury.

The New Zealand selectors have named left-arm orthodox spinning all-rounder Mitchell Santner as the replacement for Anderson.

Anderson picked up the stress fracture during the Lord’s Test against England in June and was subsequently ruled out of the second Test.

The 24-year-old has so far played 11 Test matches for New Zealand and has 533 runs to his name along with 13 wickets.

New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen opined that it was not prudent to rush Anderson back as he still has not fully recovered from the injury.

“Corey hasn’t been able to recover as quickly as we hoped and we’ve chosen not to try to rush him back," he said.

“We’ve always said there were a number of checkpoints for him to meet before our departure date, and we’re now in a position to confirm he’s not ready.

“With that in mind, it’s better for him to continue his rehabilitation at Lincoln.”

Santner himself is coming back from a thumb injury after having made his limited overs international debut against England earlier this year.

Larsen is confident that Santner will be a good pick as he is a front-line bowler who can bat in the lower middle order.

"Mitch clearly isn't a direct, like-for-like replacement for Corey - but in terms of the bigger picture he's an all-rounder who can bat at number six or seven and he's also a front-line bowler.

"It's a good opportunity for him.

“We believe his left-arm spin will add some variety to our options and his batting is well-suited to the conditions expected across the Tasman."

The three-match Test contest between Australia and New Zealand will get underway with the first game on 5th November in Brisbane.

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