Kiwi batsman Nicholls survives serious calf injury, will leave for England for Test series

Auckland : The New Zealand Test cricket team heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday as leading batsman Henry Nicholls, who injured his right calf muscle during training on Monday, has survived a serious injury and is still in the running to play. Next month’s first Test against England at Lord’s from June 2 in. […]
 


Kiwi batsman Nicholls survives serious calf injury, will leave for England for Test series

Auckland : The New Zealand Test cricket team heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday as leading batsman Henry Nicholls, who injured his right calf muscle during training on Monday, has survived a serious injury and is still in the running to play. Next month’s first Test against England at Lord’s from June 2

in. Nichols injured his right calf during an ongoing session at a pre-tour camp in Mount Maunganui and scans showed a grade one strain in the trouble area. According to the ICC, the 30-year-old will now leave for England with a touring party over the weekend as originally planned and has an outside chance of taking on England.

“While it is positive that Henry has not torn the calf, the next two to three weeks are going to be crucial in terms of his recovery and availability for the Test series,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said on Wednesday.

“Calves can be a challenge to rehab and we will need to minimize the risk of re-injuring ourselves with any match action.

“Keeping in mind that he is unlikely to take full part in the two practice games as he works on his recovery with our physio Vijay Vallabh and trainer Chris Donaldson.

“Henry is clearly an important player for us at number five and we know he will do everything he can to make himself available.”

Nicholls has been a key member of New Zealand’s Test team at an average of 40.

In the current cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, the middle-order batsman has 280 runs in six matches, including a century in the Black Caps’ most recent Test series against South Africa.

In the previous World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, which was won by New Zealand, Nicholls finished as the third-highest run-scorer for his team with 592 runs in 11 matches at an average of 39.46.

England are set to welcome New Zealand for a three-match Test series, beginning on June 2 at Lord’s before action heads to Trent Bridge and Headingley.

The hosts are currently at the bottom of the WTC table with 12.50 points, while New Zealand are sixth with 38.88 points.