James Neesham ruled out of Kolkata Test
Neesham’s rib injury made him miss the first Test and New Zealand coach Mike Hesson revealed that the team management is unable to get a replacement batting all-rounder in time for the match.
“Jimmy Neesham’s injury will rule him out of at least this test,” Hesson said.
“That takes away options in terms of changing our balance a bit. But that’s okay.
“We are not able to get any replacement in time who is a batting all-rounder.”
Meanwhile, Jeetan Patel, who was named as the replacement for the injured Mark Craig, will arrive in Kolkata later than earlier anticipated as his flight from England was cancelled.
Patel is now slated to arrive in the early hours of Tuesday, which gives him just over 24 hours to acclimatise to the conditions before the start of the second Test.
Nevertheless, Hesson clarified that the delay due to the flight cancellation will not hamper Patel’s participation for the second Test.
“I don’t think things are ever simple when you are trying to get Visas and people into a country.
“Unfortunately his flight was cancelled but he is re-routing and will get here later tonight.
“It’s fine, it is a lot easier flight than coming from New Zealand where the time difference is significant. Jeets (Jeetan Patel) will be fine.
“Obviously every extra day you have here the better but we are in a situation where we needed a pretty quick replacement.
"We are delighted Jeets is coming over.”
New Zealand are currently trailing 1-0 in the three-match Test series and need to win the second game in Kolkata to stay alive in the contest.
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