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Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham out of first Test vs India with rib injury

All-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been ruled out of the first Test against India in Kanpur after being hit in the ribs by a ball while batting in the nets.

cricket Updated: Sep 20, 2016 08:59 IST
Neesham was hit in the ribs by a ball while batting in the nets.
Neesham was hit in the ribs by a ball while batting in the nets.(AFP file photo)

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been ruled out of the first Test against India in Kanpur after being hit in the ribs by a ball while batting in the nets.

Neesham, who was recalled for the tour after suffering back pain while bowling last year, would be available for the second Test, coach Mike Hesson said.

“It will take a few days for the bruising to go away, but it’s very much a short-term injury,” Hesson said.

“Jimmy won’t be available for selection in Kanpur, but we expect him to be back to full fitness ahead of the second Test.”

Hesson said there was no need to replace Neesham in the squad.

The first Test begins on Thursday, with the second in Kolkata from September 30- October 4 and the final match in Indore from October 8-12.