Colin de Grandhomme of New Zealand has been ruled out of the England tour
New Zealand has been given a big setback after all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was ruled out of the rest of the England trip. He has a tear in his right plantar fascia (heel) that will take 10 to 12 weeks to heal. The visitors have called up Michael Bracewell as a replacement for Henry Nicholls, who was originally brought in as cover. Nicholls tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after arriving in the United Kingdom.
Returning to De Grandhomme, he injured his heel when bowling on Day 3 of the Lord’s Test and was unable to play the remainder of the game. New Zealand went on to lose the Test match by five wickets, with Joe Root hitting a stunning century in the second innings to help the hosts chase down 277 runs.
Colin de Grandhomme has been ruled out of the trip, according to head coach Gary Stead, and the team will miss him in the next two Test matches. However, he was convinced that Bracewell will deliver whenever needed, and he also stated that he is match-ready.
Colin de Grandhomme’s injury is a significant loss for New Zealand because they don’t have a comparable substitute on the team. Bracewell is an off-spinner, while Daryl Mitchell, the other all-rounder, was already in the playing XI for the first Test. To bolster their bowling, the visitors may opt for an extra pacer in either Matt Henry or Neil Wagner. They will, however, be short in batting in such cases, and the top six will have to face the burden of scoring runs.