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Injured Chatara to miss New Zealand Test series

Injured Chatara to miss New Zealand Test series
Tendai Chatara last played for Zimbabwe in Tests in November 2014.
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Zimbabwe fast bowler Tendai Chatara has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand after suffering an ankle injury.

Chatara, who was a part of the Zimbabwe A squad which took part in the three-day warm-up game against New Zealand, sustained the injury on the first day of the match.

The 25-year-old was only able to bowl 16 overs on the first day and after going off the field to receive treatment, he took no further part in the match.

The Zimbabwe selectors opted to pick the right-arm fast bowler Michael Chinouya as the replacement for Chatara.

Chinouya played two One-Day Internationals for Zimbabwe against India in 2013, but he is yet to play a game in the Test format.

In the first-class cricket, Chinouya has played 65 games and has 166 wickets at an average of 26.84 including six five-wicket hauls and a 10-wicket haul.

This is the second blow to Zimbabwe’s fast bowling line up for the upcoming New Zealand Tests after Tinashe Panyangara’s back injury left him unavailable for selection.

Another injury concern for Zimbabwe is the injury to the opening batsman Tino Mawoyo, who was hit on the arm by Tim Southee and had to retire hurt in the first innings of the practice game.

Mawoyo underwent an x-ray which ruled out any fracture and the team management will monitor his recovery prior to the first Test match which gets underway on 28th July in Bulawayo.

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