Masakadza injury blow for Zimbabwe ahead of second Test

Masakadza injury blow for Zimbabwe ahead of second Test
Hamilton Masakadza is suffering a lower back strain.
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Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza will not be a part of the second Test match against New Zealand in Bulawayo after suffering a lower back strain.

The hosts, who are trailing 1-0 against New Zealand, have suffered a series of injury and illness setbacks, will surely miss the experience of Masakadza, who is their most experienced batsman in the side.

In the place of Masakadza, the Zimbabwe selectors have added off-spinner John Nyumbu to the squad for the second Test in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe have the option of promoting Craig Ervine or Sikandar Raza up the order while Peter Moor is also expected to make his Test debut.

Chamu Chibhabha, Prince Masvaure, Regis Chakabva, Ervine and Sean Williams – all of whom were down with a fever in the last few days – have been declared fit after recovering from the illness.

Another good news for Zimbabwe is that batsman Tino Mawoyo, who suffered a thumb injury and was ruled out of the first Test, has recovered and is expected to feature in the playing XI for the second game.

Zimbabwe Squad

Graeme Cremer (capt), Regis Chakabva, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Michael Chinouya, Craig Ervine, Prince Masvaure, Tino Mawoyo, Peter Moor, Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, Njabulo Ncube, John Nyumbu, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams

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