McCullum returns home after sustaining back injury

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McCullum is now in a race against time to become fully fit and regain some form

New Zealand captain and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum will return home from Bangladesh immediately after sustaining a recurrence of a back injury.

McCullum, who had already been rested for New Zealand’s upcoming limited overs tour of Sri Lanka, will miss the final ODI and one-off Twenty20 International against Bangladesh.

McCullum is now in a race against time to become fully fit and regain some form with the bat before the West Indies arrive in New Zealand for three Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals in December.

During his tour of Bangladesh, McCullum only managed to amass scores of 21, 22 and 11 in the Test series, which was followed by 0 and 14 in the first two ODIs.

New Zealand physiotherapist Paul Close revealed that McCullum had undergone an MRI scan on his back in Dhaka.

“Brendon’s back needs careful management – it’s flared up and is giving him significant pain,” Close said. “The best course of action is getting him home for rehabilitation as soon as possible.”

McCullum is the second New Zealand player to be sent home early due to an injury.

The first was batsman Kane Williamson, who suffered a fractured thumb during the first ODI against Bangladesh, which subsequently resulted in him being ruled out of the tour of Sri Lanka.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi has arrived in Bangladesh after being called up as a replacement for Williamson.

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