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Big World Cup Blow! New Zealand Loses Star Pacer Matt Henry for the Season


The 6-foot-8 28-year-old, who underwent back surgery in February, trained with New Zealand for two full weeks earlier in the competition after being called up to replace Tim Southee.

Due to a ruptured right hamstring, New Zealand’s speedster Matt Henry was forced to withdraw from the World Cup on Friday. Kyle Jamieson took his place. The 31-year-old suffered the injury during Wednesday’s New Zealand vs. South Africa game in Pune. An MRI revealed that he had a grade two lower tear, which calls for a minimum of two to four weeks of recuperation. Coach Gary Stead remarked, “We’re gutted for him,” while in Bengaluru.

“It is really upsetting to see Matt eliminated as we approach the final stages of this competition. He has been a vital member of our One-day team for a long time.

“It is a credit to his class and abilities that he has been listed among the top 10 ODI bowlers by the ICC for the past few years.

“Moreover, Matt’s a great team man and we’re all going to miss his personality and experience.” It was anticipated that Jamieson, who arrived in Bengaluru late on Thursday, will practise with the team on Friday.

After being called up to replace Tim Southee earlier in the competition, the tall 28-year-old, who underwent back surgery in February, trained for two entire weeks with New Zealand.

Stead stated that Jamieson was prepared for the match against Pakistan on Saturday.

“We’re fortunate to have a player of the class of Kyle waiting in the wings,” Stead stated.

He is always dangerous with the ball due to his skills and physical characteristics, and it’s a bonus that he was able to practise with us during the first two weeks of the competition.

“Kyle’s had to work really hard to return from two separate back injuries and I know he’s really excited about being involved in his first ODI World Cup.” After suffering three straight losses, New Zealand is now ranked fourth in the world cup standings. They have two round-robin matches left, against Sri Lanka on Thursday in Bengaluru and Pakistan on Saturday.



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