Wellington - All-rounder Corey Anderson has
been ruled out of New Zealand's tour of Australia with a back injury and been
replaced by Mitchell Santner, the team said on Monday.
The 24-year-old Anderson suffered the
injury on New Zealand's tour of England and had not recovered sufficiently to
shoulder a bowling workload, selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement.
"Corey hasn't been able to recover as
quickly as we hoped and we've chosen not to try to rush him back," said
"We've always said there were a number
of checkpoints for him to meet before our departure date, and we're now in a
position to confirm he's not ready.
"With that in mind, it's better for
him to continue his rehabilitation."
The 23-year-old Santner, who bowls left-arm
spin as opposed to the brisk medium pace of the burly Anderson, impressed in
the limited overs portion of New Zealand's tour of England and was included for
their series against Zimbabwe and South Africa but had to withdraw with a
"Mitch (is) an all-rounder who can bat
at number six or seven and he's also a front-line bowler," Larsen added.
"It's a good opportunity for him. We
believe his left-arm spin will add some variety to our options and his batting
is well-suited to the conditions expected across the Tasman."
New Zealand will play three tests in
Australia, including the first twilight match in Adelaide, where a pink ball
will be used. The first test in Brisbane begins on Nov. 5.
The side had an intra-squad trial match in
Hamilton last week under lights with a pink ball.
Off-spinner Mark Craig said there was
little difference between the pink ball and the white ball used for limited
overs matches, but the trial had been good to become accustomed to what to
expect under differing conditions.
"It's just a matter of getting used to
it, there's no complaints from us," Craig told reporters.
"I find it really similar to the white
ball. When it's nice and new it's quite easy to grip and just like any other
ball when it gets a bit older."