Injured Martin ruled out of tour

Bruce Martin, the New Zealand left-arm spinner, will miss the rest of the England tour as a result of a calf injury he sustained during the first Test at Lord’s which means Daniel Vettori could return to the Test side for the first time in 10 months. Neither Martin or wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who New Zealand remain “hopeful” will play the second Test, took the field on the fourth day during England’s second innings, although both batted as the tourists were dismissed for 68 to lose by 170 runs.

Vettori will arrive a day ahead of the rest of the ODI squad as a potential replacement for Martin for the second Test at Headingley, which begins on Friday. Vettori has been at the IPL but did not play a single game for Bangalore Royal Challengers and his fitness will be assessed. Jeetan Patel, the offspinner currently playing county cricket for Warwickshire, is another option for New Zealand.

The morning after New Zealand were humbled, the coach Mike Hesson was left to assess the injury situation. “Daniel’s come over 24 hours earlier for us to have a chance to have a look at him,” he said. “We won’t be pushing Dan if he’s not ready but if he is we’d certainly love to have him.” Read more
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