NZ vs SL: Neil Wagner ruled out of 2nd Test against Sri Lanka

Neil Wagner has been ruled out of the second Dulux Test against Sri Lanka at the Cello Basin Reserve after a scan on Sunday revealed he has a bulging disc in his back and a torn right hamstring, New Zealand Cricket said in a statement.

Wagner felt pain in his right leg while bowling on Day three at Hagley Oval and the scan today revealed the extent of his injuries.

The injuries will require an estimated six weeks of recovery time.

BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead said the whole team were feeling for Wagner.

“We all know how much playing Test cricket for New Zealand means to Neil and we are all disappointed to see him side-lined like this.

“The fact he was still hoping to play on, carrying these injuries shows you just how determined he is to try and give his all for the team.”

If required, Wagner will be available to bat in the ongoing Test match in Christchurch.

Pacer Matt Henry, who received three stitches in his right hand yesterday after play in the webbing between his thumb and index finger. He will be available to bowl today.

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