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by Andrew Wood Thursday 24 November 2016
New Zealand speedster Trent Boult has been ruled out of the second and final Test against Pakistan in Hamilton following a knee injury.
The 27-year-old sustained the injury during fielding in the first Test in Christchurch. However, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said Boult had felt discomfort in his knee from the tour of India.
"Trent has had a minor discomfort in his knee dating back to the tour of India, which we've been managing in recent weeks," Hesson said in a statement on Thursday.
"Unfortunately he irritated it further while fielding in the first test. He bowled again and we were optimistic he would be ready for Hamilton, but during training on Wednesday felt further pain and has subsequently been ruled out of the test."
Hesson also expressed hope of Boult regaining full fitness ahead of the One-Day International series against Australia which begins on 4th December.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Doug Bracewell has been added to the squad for the second Test as the replacement for Boult.
After their resounding eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the first Test, the Black Caps will look to complete a series victory when they take the field in Hamilton for the second game on 25th November.
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