Double injury blow for Black Caps ahead of Tests against Australia


New Zealand’s fourth-highest Test wicket-taker with 255 scalps, Boult shapes as the most likely bowler to threaten Australia’s batsmen, particularly in the day-night Test at Optus Stadium.

In his two Tests with a pink ball, Boult has claimed 16 wickets at under 13 runs apiece, including seven wickets against the Australians in Adelaide four years ago when he ripped through the second-innings top order.

Colin de Grandhomme will also miss with a muscle injury.Credit:Getty Images

De Grandhomme has a tear to his left lower abdominal muscle, sustained while fielding late in the Test at Bay Oval.

The 33-year-old has emerged as an integral part of New Zealand’s make-up, averaging 40.33 with the bat and 29.63 with his medium pace, the sort of figures that compare favourably with any of the world’s current all-rounders.

Speedster Lockie Ferguson is favoured to make his Test debut as Boult’s replacement.

Like Ferguson, Mitchell has represented New Zealand in white-ball cricket but not Tests.

The son of former All Blacks rugby coach John Mitchell, he could make a maiden Test appearance on his home ground of Seddon Park as a like-for-like replacement for de Grandhomme.

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