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NZC: Conway ruled out of first Australia Test | Nicholls called in

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BLACKCAPS opener Devon Conway will miss the first Tegel Test against Australia, starting at the Cello Basin Reserve in Wellington on Thursday.

The decision to rule Conway out was made following additional scans in Wellington yesterday which revealed damage to his left thumb.

Another update will be provided later in the week following further medical consultation to ascertain the extent of the injury and the final diagnosis.

Conway sustained the injury while wicket-keeping in the second KFC T20I at Eden Park on Friday night.

Canterbury batter Henry Nicholls has been called into the squad as batting cover and will join the team in Wellington for training this morning.

Coach Gary Stead said the team was feeling for Conway.

“It’s disappointing for Devon to be ruled out on the eve of an important match,” he said.

“He’s a class player batting at the top of the order for us and I know he was really looking forward to this series.”

Stead also welcomed Nicholls back to the squad.

“It’s nice to have a player of Henry’s calibre to call on.

“He has plenty of Test experience and covers a number of positions in our batting order.”

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