New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been forced to miss the upcoming Test series against West Indies after copping a bone bruising in his right foot.
The aggressive right-handed batsman has been replaced with fellow all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who played a single Test match for New Zealand last year against England.
New Zealand will dearly miss de Grandhomme's services as the 34-year-old has established himself as a mainstay in the Black Caps' Test line-up. The Zimbabwe-born individual's emergence as a handy fourth seam bowling option and fiery strokeplay down the order has made him a utility player.
Nevertheless, Mitchell will be looking to add to his batting credentials as he starred with a patient 73 in the drawn encounter on his Test debut.
"It’s disappointing for Colin to be ruled out of the Tests completely and he’ll now target being fit and available for the Boxing Day Test [against Pakistan] at Bay Oval," head coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by ICC.
New Zealand have also been dealt with a left calf tear to Ajaz Patel, prompting the selectors to call in Mitchell Santner to beef the spin department.
Patel will miss the first of the two Tests against West Indies with a call on his availability for the second game to be taken in due course.
"Ajaz will join the team in Hamilton to have treatment and train. We will make a call on the second Test in Wellington closer to the time," Stead stated.
"The unavailability of Colin and Ajaz has obviously had a flow-on effect to our T20 squad who are providing the replacement players for the Test squad.
"I highlighted last week how tight and complex the schedule was - so when you throw in some injuries, it really begins to challenge how you juggle your resources."
West Indies and New Zealand will engage in a three-match T20I series ahead of the Tests that are a part of the World Test Championship.
T20I captain Tim Southee will be rested for the final game of the white-ball series, allowing Santner a chance to lead New Zealand for the first time in his career.
"I’d like to acknowledge Mitch Santner for taking on the responsibility to captain the T20 side," Stead said.
"It’s a great honour to lead your country and I know his calm demeanour along with the sheer amount of international experience he’s amassed in the past five years will hold him in good stead."