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New Zealand's Boult, De Grandhomme ruled out of second test

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New Zealand's Boult, De Grandhomme ruled out of second test
FILE PHOTO: Cricket - New Zealand v England - First Test - Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - November 22, 2019 New Zealand's Trent Boult in action REUTERS/Ross Setford   -   Copyright  ROSS SETFORD(Reuters)

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand paceman Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme have been ruled out of the second test against England in Hamilton after sustaining injuries, the team said on Wednesday.

Boult had strained a muscle overlying one of his ribs on his right side but was cleared of bone stress by a scan, the team said.

De Grandhomme had torn a left lower abdominal muscle, sustained during the second fielding innings in the first test win over England at Bay Oval.

Uncapped Northern Districts all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has been drafted into the New Zealand squad following strong form in the domestic Plunket Shield, the team said.

Both Boult and De Grandhomme would be rested at home and begin rehabilitation ahead of New Zealand’s three-test tour of Australia starting Dec. 7.

Mitchell will link up with the team later on Wednesday along with Auckland Aces fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and Canterbury spinner Todd Astle, who rejoin the squad after being released to play in the opening rounds of the Ford Trophy.

The second test starts at Seddon Park on Friday.

The Black Caps won the opener in Mount Maunganui by an innings and 65 runs.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)