“New Zealand Forced to Adjust Squad for Second Australia Test Due to Injury”

New Zealand will be forced to make changes to their XI for the second Test against Australia in Christchurch due to injuries to two players.

Fast bowler Will O’Rourke sustained a hamstring injury while bowling during the third day of the opening Test in Wellington, ruling him out of the second Test. Additionally, key batter Devon Conway will continue to miss out due to his injured thumb.

Instead of recalling recently-retired quick Neil Wagner, New Zealand has opted to call up uncapped pacer Ben Sears for the final Test against Australia. Batsman Henry Nicholls remains in the 13-player squad in Conway’s absence.

Coach Gary Stead expressed confidence in Sears, citing his quality skill set and impressive performances in white-ball cricket for the Black Caps this summer. While disappointed for O’Rourke, Stead highlighted his potential and expressed hope for his future in the team.

Conway will undergo surgery on his injured thumb, sidelining him for eight weeks. Stead acknowledged Conway’s importance to the team and expressed support for him during his recovery process.

Test squad: Tim Southee (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ben Sears, Kane Williamson, Will Young

Series Schedule

First Test – 29 February-4 March – Cello Basin Reserve, Wellington (Australia won by 172 runs)
Second Test – 8-12 March – Hagley Oval, Christchurch

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