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Injured Neesham ruled out of Australia Tests

James Neesham has been suffering from a sore back which he sustained during the first Test against Australia in Brisbane.
James Neesham has been suffering from a sore back which he sustained during the first Test against Australia in Brisbane.
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New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham has been ruled out of the remaining two Test matches against Australia after picking up a back injury in the first Test in Brisbane.

Neesham had figures of one for 50 in the first innings from 11 overs, while in the second innings, he went wicketless after conceding 61 runs in nine overs.

The 25-year-old did not enjoy a great time with the bat as well, being dismissed for three runs in both innings.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson revealed that Neesham will fly back home to have further assessment on his back injury.

"Jimmy (James Neesham) has worked hard to get back to fitness following his injury earlier this year, but at this stage still experiences discomfort when bowling extended loads," Hesson said.

"Jimmy will return to New Zealand for further medical assessment and we’ll continue to monitor his situation.”

To replace Neesham, New Zealand have called up fast-bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, who is yet to make his Test debut.

McClenaghan has however played 43 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand and has taken 76 wickets.

Hesson is confident that McClenaghan’s ability to bowl consistently at a good pace will be an added advantage to New Zealand in the Test series.

"Mitch has the ability to run in all day, bowl quick spells and has experience on the international stage.

"He’ll bring a lot to the group and is obviously very excited to come and join the squad."

The injury to Neesham is the second blow to New Zealand who are already sweating on the fitness of Tim Southee, who is currently suffering from an irritated disc in his lower back.

New Zealand lost the first Test in Brisbane by a margin of 208 runs and will look to level the series when they play the second game in Perth between 13th and 17th November.

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