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Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out of the England Test series because of a stress reaction in his lower back

New Zealand has suffered a major setback after one of their premier pace bowlers, Kyle Jamieson, experienced a stress reaction to his lower left-back and has been ruled out of the Test series. Jamieson was injured when bowling on the third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge, and he bowled only 16.3 overs in the first innings out of England’s 128.2 overs.

Jamieson did come out to bat for the Kiwis in the second innings, but he only managed one run off six deliveries. He did not bowl in the second innings, and his absence contributed significantly to the visitors’ defeat in the second Test on the final day. On the back of a superb 136-run knock by Jonny Bairstow, the hosts England chased down the goal of 299 in just 50 overs in the fourth innings.

The right-hander struck England’s second-fastest century in the longest format, as he pummelled the New Zealand bowlers to all parts. Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 75 off 70 deliveries to lead England to a stunning triumph on the final day, and England has also sealed the series 2-0 with one more Test remaining.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead believed Jamieson was a significant miss in the second Test and used the Lord’s Test to demonstrate the influence he can have. He acknowledged that the New Zealand team will wait for the tall, lanky pacer to fully recuperate and stated that Jamieson will need four to six weeks of rest before beginning a rehabilitation program with a potential return to play in September or October.