New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan and India due to an abdominal strain. The 31-year-old sustained the injury on the final day of the second Karachi Test. which head coach Gary Stead described as “a gutsy effort”. He will now return home with the rest of the Test team. No replacement player has yet been sought by the team management but Jacob Duffy could be a possible contender.

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Matt Henry is out of ODIs against Pakistan, and India

“Essentially ten days out of the last 12 [in Karachi] it’s been tough to play and the whole day without a break for the weather,” Stead said. “So when you’re on the field for eight seasons in every Test match. I think there’s a natural wear and tear on players.”

Henry’s injury further reduced New Zealand’s stock for white-ball assignments

Henry’s injury further reduced New Zealand’s stock for white-ball assignments in the subcontinent. When Adam Milne pulled out at the start of the week. He is citing concerns about his preparation following a hamstring injury. Kyle Jamieson is another seamer after he suffered a back injury on the tour of England last June. However, he is close to making a comeback at the domestic level with the Auckland Aces in the T20 Super Smash.

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Stead said of Jamieson, “He’s due to start playing again for Auckland in about a week’s time.”

While Jamieson and Henry could return for the two-Test home series. Home series against England starting February 16 in Mount Maunganui, Stead effectively ruled out Trent Boult’s participation in the series.

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