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Problems Mount For New Zealand Ahead Of Key Match

Problems Mount For New Zealand Ahead Of Key Match
Problems Mount For New Zealand Ahead Of Key Match
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New Zealand will go into their must-win ICC Champions Trophy Group B game against England having suffered injuries and misfortune which will force them to field a much-changed team.

After Jacob Oram was replaced by James Franklin for their second match, a win over Sri Lanka, Jesse Ryder was injured and ruled out of the tournament and in fielding practice Daryl Tuffey broke a hand.

Jesse Ryder's replacement, Aaron Redmond will not arrive in South Africa until shortly before the match due to his flight from New Zealand being delayed due to bad weather.

Tuffey becomes the latest player in a very long list to have picked up injuries since arriving in South Africa, with Australia's Michael Clarke and the West Indies' Dale Richards the most recent.

England wicket-keeper Matthew Prior is reportedly recovering from the virus which kept him out of the win over South Africa although Steven Davies has been training with the squad and is on standby to replace Prior should the Sussex man not be fit enought to play.

Should England win the match in Johannesburg, they will qualify for the semi-finals along with Sri Lanka while if New Zealand win, then they will join England in the knockout stages.

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