Kiwis to field without duo

2013-05-19 12:42
AB de Villiers speel gister ’n veeghou op St. Georgepark, met die Kiwi’s BJ Watling (paaltjiewagter) en Brendon McCullum wat die bal fyn dophou. Foto: Gallo Images

London - Injuries will prevent New Zealand wicket-keeper BJ Watling and spinner Bruce Martin from fielding on the fourth day of the first Test against England at Lord's on Sunday, a team spokesperson said.

The pair both left the field after suffering knocks during Saturday's third day.

Watling fell on his knee diving for a run out but an X-ray on Saturday revealed there was no fracture. Medical staff will continue to monitor his injury.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, as was the case on Saturday when Watling went off, will continue to keep wicket for the remainder of England's second innings.

Watling will be available to bat, the spokeswoman said.

She added that Martin has a calf injury that is serious enough to stop him bowling and fielding. He will bat only if required.

Although his absence leaves New Zealand a bowler down , part-time spinner Kane Williamson filled the gap Saturday by bowling Jonathan Trott.

England will resume Sunday on 180 for six in their second innings, a lead of 205 runs, with nightwatchman Steven Finn six not out and Ian Bell, the last of their specialist batsmen, unbeaten on nought.

This is the first of a two-match series that concludes with the second Test at Headingley starting Friday.

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