NZ Test preparations hampered by injuries

Published: Friday, August 4, 2000, 16:30 [IST]
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Harare: New Zealand will go into the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday without injured spinner Daniel Vettori and with batsmen Matthew Horne and Craig Spearman also doubtful.Veteran all-rounder Chris Harris and spinner Glen Sulzberger are expected to fly to Zimbabwe as cover.Left-arm spinner Vettori strained his back while bowling 52 overs during the first innings of the first Test in Bulawayo last week, which New Zealand won by seven wickets. The injury prevented Vettori from taking the field in the second innings.

New Zealand coach David Trist suggested Vettori would also be ruled out for the three One-day internationals, which follow the two-Test series.''Vettori has gone for another bone scan, but the results will not be available until Tuesday,'' Trist told Reuters. New Zealand will look to spinner Paul Wiseman, who took five for ninety in the first innings, and Sulzberger to fill the gap. Horne, who scored his fourth Test century (110) in Bulawayo last week, injured a thumb during fielding practice on the final morning of the match and did not bat in the second innings.''There's a chipped bone and swelling in Horne's thumb, but he will be proceeding with preparations for the second Test,'' Trist said. Spearman has a troubling knee injury.

Trist added that Harris would join the squad from New Zealand in time to be considered for the second Test.Zimbabwe coach Kevin Curran said his squad was free of injury concerns, adding that experienced opening batsman and left-arm spinner Grant Flower would be considered for selection despite being called for throwing in the first Test.''Grant Flower is definitely being considered for the match,'' Curran said.New Zealand will compete in the International Cricket council Knock Out tournament in Kenya after touring Zimbabwe, followed by a three-Test visit to South Africa.

Team: New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Nathan Astle, Chris Cairns, Matthew Horne, Craig McMillan, Shayne O'connor, Adam Parore, Mark Richardson, Mathew Sinclair, Craig Spearman, Scott Styris, Daryl Tuffey, Daniel Vettori, Paul Wiseman, Dion Nash.(c) Reuters Limited.

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