WELLINGTON : Henry Nicholls will depart for England with the New Zealand squad this weekend but stays a question for the to start with of a few assessments because of a calf injury, Black Caps mentor Gary Stead mentioned on Wednesday.
There were considerations that the 30-yr-outdated center-buy batsman would miss the tour because of the instruction injury but scans exposed he experienced strained alternatively than torn the calf muscle mass in his appropriate leg.
“Although it really is a optimistic that Henry hasn’t torn the calf, the future two to 3 weeks are likely to be critical in terms of his recovery and subsequent availability for the examination collection,” Stead stated in a information launch.
“Calves can be a challenge to rehab and we will have to have to minimise the threat of him re-injuring himself with any return to match motion.
“Henry’s of course an crucial player for us at selection 5 and we know he’ll be doing everything he can to make himself available.”
Left-hander Nicholls has been a fixture in New Zealand’s center buy for the final five decades, averaging 40.38 with 8 generations in 46 checks.
New Zealand named an extended 20-person squad for the three-test sequence last 7 days.
Stead reported Nicholls was not likely to perform substantially component in tour online games towards Sussex and a Initially Course Counties XI which precede the to start with examination at Lord’s from June 2-6.