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Injured Mark Craig out of India Test series

Mark Craig celebrating the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane in the first innings of the first Test in Kanpur.
Mark Craig celebrating the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane in the first innings of the first Test in Kanpur.
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New Zealand off-spinner Mark Craig has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing Test series against India after suffering from a side strain.

Jeetan Patel, who last played for New Zealand in Tests in January 2013, has been called up as a replacement for the injured Craig.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson expressed his disappointment at Craig’s injury and said, “We’re really disappointed for Mark, knowing the work he’s put in to prepare for this series. He started well with the ball in the first innings, before developing the side strain.”

In the recently concluded County Championship in England, Patel emerged as the leading spinner with 69 scalps for Warwickshire and was the joint highest wicket-taker as well.

Hesson is confident that Patel will be ready to play Test cricket after a successful county stint and feels that his addition will bring experience to the spin-bowling attack.

“Jeetan is up to speed from a bowling load perspective having recently completed a successful county season - so he will be ready for the rigours of Test cricket,” said Hesson.

“He’ll also add invaluable experience to our young spin group.”

New Zealand are currently trailing 1-0 in the Test series against India after losing the first encounter in Kanpur by 197 runs.

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