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Injury rules Tim Southee out of Test series against India

Injury rules Tim Southee out of Test series against India
Tim Southee is expected to be fit for the ODI series against India
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New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has been ruled out of the Test series against India after sustaining an ankle injury.

The 27-year-old felt discomfort during the training session prior to New Zealand's warm-up game against Mumbai and further scan revealed a "grade two ligament strain" on his left ankle.

Southee, who ranks fifth in the leading wicket-taker for the Black Caps in the longer format will now travel back to New Zealand for the rehabilitation process but is expected to make a return for the limited overs series.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket has announced Canterbury speedster Matt Henry as the replacement for Southee.

Henry, who has played four Tests previously was a part of the New Zealand squad in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa and Zimbabwe but failed to appear in a single game.

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson expressed disappointment at missing the services of Southee and is hoping to have the pace spearhead fit in time for the ODI series against India.

"Tim has been working hard in preparation for this tour, so he's understandably very disappointed to be ruled out of all three tests," said Hesson.

"The focus now is for Tim to give his ankle 7-10 days rest, before slowly building his bowling loads back up ahead of the ODI series.

"We've got a replacement who is ready to go in Matt Henry and he'll join the team before the start of the first test."

In the first innings of the ongoing tour game against Mumbai, New Zealand managed to post 324 for seven before declaring their innings with skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham notching up fifties.

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