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New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham will play no further part in the ongoing Test series against Australia due to a back injury.
Neesham, who sustained a stress fracture in his back during his side’s tour of England earlier in the year, will return home for further assessment and treatment.
It has been confirmed that Mitchell McClenaghan will replace Neesham and will join the squad ahead of the second Test, which starts in Perth on Friday.
“Jimmy has worked hard to get back to fitness following his injury earlier this year, but at this stage still experiences discomfort when bowling extended loads,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said. “Jimmy will return to New Zealand for further medical assessment and we’ll continue to monitor his situation. At this stage our number one priority is getting Jimmy fully healthy and ready for the home summer.”
McClenaghan has yet to be capped at the Test level, but Hesson is confident that the 29-year-old will be a valuable asset to the team.
“Mitch has the ability to run in all day, bowl quick spells and has experience on the International stage,” Hesson said. “He’ll bring a lot to the group and is obviously very excited to come and join the squad.”