Black Caps lose Gillespie for Tests

CHRIST CHURCH, New Zealand, CMC – Fast bowler Mark Gillespie has been ruled out of the Test series against West Indies with injury. The 32-year-old suffered a severe sprain while jogging and has had to withdraw from the 15-man squad.

“Mark unfortunately has had to withdraw from the upcoming Test series against the West Indies having not responded to treatment in time to be fully fit,” national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said.

“As a precautionary measure Mark feels that it would be the right decision to stay in Wellington to continue working on his rehabilitation.”

No replacement has been named as yet.

Meanwhile, rookie fast bowler Trent Boult has been added to the squad for the Digicel One-Day International series which bowls off in Jamaica on Thursday. The 22-year-old was already a member of the Test squad but will beef up the tourists resources for the five-match campaign.

“The current squad already has sufficient batting resources and we felt that bolstering the bowling stocks was the right option,” Littlejohn noted.

“Trent was always part of the Test squad and has been on stand-by for the ODI series.   Having him join the team early will also benefit his preparation for the Test matches.”

The Digicel One-Day series runs until July 16 before the two teams clash in the two-match Digicel Test series from July 25 to August 6.

DIGICEL 2012 SERIES - New Zealand to West Indies
Upcoming matches (All times local)
Digicel One-Day International Series
July 5: 1st Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica – 9:30 a.m.
July 7: 2nd Digicel ODI – Sabina Park – 9:30 a.m.
July11: 3rd Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St. Kitts – 9:30 a.m.
July 14: 4th Digicel ODI – Warner Park – 9:30 a.m.
July 16: 5th Digicel ODI – Warner Park – 9:30 a.m.
Tour match
July 20-22: West Indies-A vs New Zealand – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua – 10 a.m.
Digicel Test Series
July 25-29: 1st Digicel Test – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – 10 a.m.
August 2-6: 2nd Digicel Test – Sabina Park – 10 a.m.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 04:24