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Matt Henry called up to replace Neil Wagner for second Pakistan Test
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Matt Henry called up to replace Neil Wagner for second Pakistan Test

New Zealand pacer Matt Henry has been included in the Test squad for the second game against Pakistan as a replacement for the injured Neil Wagner.

Left-arm fast bowler Wagner sustained "undisplayed fractures" to two toes during the first Test in Mount Maunganui but still played an integral role in New Zealand's thrilling 101-run win.

Wagner battled the pain of the foot injury to deliver a total of 49 overs across two innings and will now be sidelined for approximately six weeks.

Henry, who played his last international match a year ago against Australia at the SCG, has been in decent form this season.

The Canterbury star registered figures of 6-53 in the clash between New Zealand A and the touring Shaheens, which featured several of Pakistan's Test regulars.

He has also claimed seven wickets over four matches in the domestic Ford Trophy for his team.

“Matt has been in good form with the ball,” said the home side's head coach Gary Stead.

“We’re still a couple of days out from the test, so need to take a look at the surface while also assessing our options for best possible team make-up.”

Henry remarked his disappointment at Wagner's unavailability due to injury and hoped to make an impact at the usually lively Christchurch surface.

“Obviously it’s a shame with what’s happened with Waggy’s foot but I’m very excited to be here at home back in the squad,” he was quoted as saying by

“The guys have been going so well too so to come and join the team while they’re doing so well is great. [Hagley Oval] is a great venue … it’s a great wicket and I’m looking forward to it if the opportunity arises to be out there.”

Second Test squad

Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young