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De Grandhomme, Boult ruled out of second Test against England
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De Grandhomme, Boult ruled out of second Test against England

Colin de Grandhomme and Trent Boult have been rendered unavailable for the final Test of the two-match series against England after sustaining injuries.

New Zealand have opted for a like-for-like replacement in Daryl Mitchell for all-rounder de Grandhomme while Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are battling for the vacant spot left by Boult's absence.

Leg-spinner Todd Astle has also been recalled for the second Test though it is unlikely he will get a chance in the playing XI given premier slow bowler Mitchell Santner's terrific performance in the hosts' emphatic win in the first match.

De Grandhomme scored a vital 65 and was part of the initial recovery for the home side, playing second fiddle to BJ Watling, who eventually completed his maiden double ton.

According to the statement released by New Zealand Cricket, de Grandhomme has a "tear to his left lower abdominal muscle" which he contracted during England's second innings where he did not bowl in the post-lunch sessions.

Left-arm pacer Boult was able to deliver only one over before walking off the field on the final day of the contest in Mount Maunganui as the Black Caps managed to register a commandeering victory courtesy of Neil Wagner's fiery spell.

"An MRI scan yesterday confirmed Boult had strained one of the muscles overlying his ribs on his right-hand side, but cleared him of any bone stress," NZC stated.

The rib strain implies the 30-year-old would be fit in time for the Australia Tests starting December 7.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead focused on the options available for his team in the next game, which could possibly be Ferguson's Test debut provided he is picked for the encounter.

"We know the skills Lockie has and the point of difference that may bring to us. Whether that happens in this Test match or not is still something we need to see over the next couple of days," Stead said.

"There's also Matt Henry, who has done a fine job for New Zealand in the past when he's been given an opportunity," he added.

New Zealand squad

Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Todd Astle