Matt Henry ruled out of the ODI World Cup 2023

By Real11 - Nov 3 2023 239 Views

Kyle Jamieson replaces injured Matt Henry in the NZ squad

New Zealand speedster Matt Henry has been ruled out of the ongoing edition of the ODI World Cup due to a hamstring injury he suffered against the Proteas with Kyle Jamieson confirmed as his replacement. 

Jamieson, who was a travelling reserve earlier in the competition before returning home, had already been recalled to join the squad in India after their injury concerns grew during the game in Pune. He will join the NZ squad ahead of their game against Pakistan in Bengaluru on Saturday. 

"We're fortunate to have a player of the class of Kyle waiting in the wings," head coach Gary Stead said. "His skills and physical attributes always make him a threat with the ball and it's an added bonus he was able to train with us in the first two weeks of the tournament.

“Kyle's had to work really hard to return from two separate back injuries and I know he's really excited about being involved in his first ODI World Cup."

Henry joins the injury list with Kane Williamson (thumb), Mark Chapman (calf), Lockie Ferguson (Achilles) and James Neesham (wrist). This meant NZ had only 11 fit players half way through the game against South Africa.  

Henry had picked 11 wickets at 28.63 with an economy rate of 28.63 in seven games. He began the tournament with back to back three wicket hauls against England and Netherlands before going for plenty in recent matches. 

"We're gutted for him," Stead said. "Matt's been a crucial part of our one-day side for a long time and to see him ruled out as we reach the business end of this tournament is immensely disappointing.

"He's consistently been ranked inside the top 10 ODI bowlers for the past few years which is testament to his class and skills. Moreover, Matt's a great team man and we're all going to miss his personality and experience."

Stead was optimistic of Ferguson’s availability for the key match against Pakistan. He also provided an update on Chapman’s recovery while adding that x-rays had cleared Neesham of any broken bones. Williamson had begun batting again in the nets and will be further evaluated in the coming days. 

"We're faced with a little bit of adversity with injuries," New Zealand captain Tom Latham said after the South Africa game which was their third defeat in a row. "Pretty quick turnaround in Bangalore so we need to reflect on this quickly and go into the next game with a positive mindset. We don't become a bad team overnight."

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