Corey Anderson ruled out of second Test against England, BJ Watling doubtful
Leeds, May 29 (IANS) New Zealand will be without injured all-rounder Corey Anderson when they seek to square the Test cricket series against England at Headingley.
Anderson didn't take part in the team's final training session ahead of second and final Test starting on Friday and a team spokesman confirmed that he would not play in the five-day contest, reports cricket.com.au.
The 24-year-old injured his back early in the 124-run first Test loss at Lord’s and bowled just eight overs in the match. He was also in pain in the field but was able to top-score with 67 in New Zealand's failed second innings run chase of 220.
Anderson's place is likely to be taken by fast bowler Doug Bracewell, bolstering the tourists' bowling stocks but weakening their batting potency.
A second change is also possible, with wicketkeeper B.J. Watling in doubt because of the bruised knee suffered in the first Test at Lord's which forced him to forgo 'keeping duties for the last four days.
His movement is still compromised, possibly opening the door to a Test debut for 34-year-old glovesman Luke Ronchi although a decision would not be made until the morning of the Test.
England need only a draw to clinch the two-match Test series and end New Zealand's run of six successive unbeaten series over the last two years.