Wednesday, February 1, 2023

NZC: Sears called up to West Indies tour as Henry ruled out

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Wellington Firebirds pace-bowler Ben Sears could be in line to make his ODI debut after being called up to the West Indies tour to replace Matt Henry, who’s been ruled out with a rib injury.

Henry first experienced pain in his left side during training last week and with the injury failing to improve, the decision was made to replace him in the squad.

Coach Gary Stead said the move was precautionary and about ensuring Henry didn’t aggravate the injury further.

“It’s a shame for Matt to have to return home at this point of the tour,” Stead said.

“Although the injury is not overly serious – we felt there was a significant risk it would become worse through playing. 

“With the upcoming ODI series starting on Wednesday and consisting of three games over five days, we saw it as prudent to bring in a fully fit replacement. 

“Ben comes fresh from a successful tour with the BLACKCAPS in Europe and while he is yet to play ODI cricket – we believe he’s ready if called upon. 

“At 24-years-old he’s an exciting young prospect and we like the pace and skills he possesses.

“Matt is on his way home as we speak and will begin his rehabilitation immediately with an eye to being ready for theODI series in Australia in early September.” 

Sears arrives in Jamaica on Sunday local time and will fly with the squad to Barbados on Monday.

The BLACKCAPS depart for the three-game Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series in Australia on September 2.

BLACKCAPS squad for West Indies

Kane Williamson (c)
Finn Allen
Trent Boult
Michael Bracewell
Devon Conway
Lockie Ferguson
Martin Guptill
Tom Latham
Daryl Mitchell
Jimmy Neesham
Glenn Phillips
Ben Sears
Mitchell Santner
Ish Sodhi
Tim Southee 

*Replacement for Matt Henry

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