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Tino Mawoyo to miss first New Zealand Test

Tino Mawoyo was struck on the thumb during the practice game against New Zealand.
Tino Mawoyo was struck on the thumb during the practice game against New Zealand.
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Zimbabwe opening batsman Tino Mawoyo will not be taking part in the first Test match against New Zealand after suffering a thumb injury in the practice game in Harare.

Last Saturday, Mawoyo was struck on the thumb off the fourth ball he played from Tim Southee and was unable to take any further part in the game which New Zealand won by 259 runs.

According to a report on ESPNcricinfo, Mawoyo has suffered a bruise on his thumb and was unable to grip his bat but is hopeful of being fit in time for the second Test match.

With Mawoyo ruled out of the game, Zimbabwe are likely to pick Prince Masvaure and Chamu Chibhabha as the opening batsmen while Brian Chari is also an option.

Both Masvaure and Chibhabha are uncapped at the Test level while Chari has played only two games in the longer format in 2014.

Mawoyo is the third injury concern for Zimbabwe after Tinashe Panyangara missed out on selection due to his back injury and Tendai Chatara was ruled out after injuring his ankle.

The first Test between Zimbabwe and New Zealand will get underway on 28th July at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

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