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Mark Craig replaces injured Mitchell Santner for first Test against Australia

Mark Craig replaces injured Mitchell Santner for first Test against Australia
Mark Craig has 46 wickets from 13 Tests for New Zealand.
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New Zealand off-spinner Mark Craig has been named as the replacement for all-rounder Mitchell Santner, who has been ruled out of the first Test against Australia in Wellington with a foot injury.

Santner suffered the injury in the second One-Day International of the recently concluded Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and further scans have revealed a bone bruise.

In the wake of the diagnosis the New Zealand selectors have decided to exclude Santner from the first Test while his fitness for the second game will be assessed in due course.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is hoping that Santner can quickly recover from the injury as they have been able to diagnose it in an early stage.

"It's unfortunate for Mitch (Mitchell Santner) as he has been a key player for us so far this summer.

"The positive news is that we picked it up early and hopefully Mitch can make a quick recovery."

The first Test between New Zealand and Australia will be played between 12th and 16th February in Wellington as the Black Caps bid to regain the Trans-Tasman Trophy.

New Zealand Squad for first Test against Australia:

Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wkt)*, Kane Williamson

*Luke Ronchi picked as cover for BJ Watling

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