Wellington - Struggling New Zealand
suffered another injury blow on Wednesday, with a shoulder strain ruling
paceman Doug Bracewell out of the second Test against Australia.
Already missing batsman Ross Taylor and
spinner Mitchell Santner, the Black Caps said a scan had confirmed Bracewell
injured his shoulder as the hosts fell to a heavy defeat in the first Test in
"Doug has been a consistent performer
for us this summer and put a lot of work into his game, so to miss out on the
final Test against Australia is very disappointing for him and us," coach
Mike Hesson said.
He said New Zealand would not call a
replacement bowler into the squad for the second and final Test beginning in
Christchurch on Saturday.
The New Zealanders are desperate to make
amends for the defeat by an innings and 52 runs in Wellington, their worst home
loss in 19 years.
Australia can seize top spot in the Test
rankings from India with a win in Christchurch.