Colin de Granddhome to miss Test series against Pakistan, Williamson’s availability uncertain too

NZ vs PAK Test Series: Colin de Grandhomme is still recovering from his foot injury and will miss the two-match Test series against Pakistan which will be kick-started on December 26, 2020.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 15, 2020 18:26 IST
Colin de Granddhome to miss Test series against Pakistan, Williamson’s availability uncertain too
NZ vs PAK Test Series: de Grandhomme ruled out

NZ vs PAK Test Series: New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme will continue to stay on the sidelines as he is still recovering from his foot injury and will miss the two-match Test series against Pakistan which will be kick-starting on Dec 26 at Bay Oval. The Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson’s availability uncertain too. Ajaz Patel could be available for the home series as committed by NZ head coach Gary Stead. Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand begins with three Twenty20 international and two Tests.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said "Colin's, unfortunately, going to be ruled out of the two Tests against Pakistan," Stead said. "He's got a stress reaction in his right foot; we haven't at this stage been able to get him up to the running stage and then ultimately bowling as well, so unfortunately for Colin, he's out. Looking like, hopefully, a mid-January return to play in the Super Smash for him."

Colin de Grandhomme and Ajaz Patel had also missed the two-match Test series against West Indies. New Zealand, however, whitewashed the series against the West Indies with innings win in both matches. De Grandhomme last played international cricket in March before the global pandemic novel CoViD-19 outbreak, put a halt on ICC cricket events.

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Kyle Jamieson, meanwhile, was the main allrounder for New Zealand in the two Tests and adjudged the 'Player of the Series' award after scalping 11 wickets with a best of 5/34 in the first inning of the second Test. Jamieson also scored 71 runs in two innings, including a dizzy fifty in the first Test against West Indies.