Left-arm spinning all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the first New Zealand versus Pakistan Test with a fractured right wrist. Santner had a decent Test and ODI series in India last month.
In India, Santner was the first Kiwi to score more than 100 runs and pick up at least five wickets in a Test match since 2011. Daniel Vettori was the last to accomplish this double.
The 24-year-old spinner was struck while training with the Northern Knights ahead of their Plunket Shield match against Canterbury on Saturday.
An X-ray showed a fracture in his right wrist, ruling him out of the first Test against Pakistan and leaving him in doubt for the second. The first Test against Pakistan begins on Thursday 17 November at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
“After such a strong tour of India, it’s really disappointing for Mitch to pick up this injury ahead of the first match of the home summer,” said Blackcaps coach Mike Hesson.
“We’re unsure whether Mitch will be available for the second Test at this stage, but we’ll be monitoring his recovery closely and look forward to having him back.”