Injured Black Cap Nicholls to travel to England for test series

 Injured Black Cap Nicholls to travel to England for test series


WELLINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) – Henry Nicholls will leave for England with the New Zealand squad this weekend but remains doubtful for the first of three exams due to a cheek injury, Black Caps coach Gary Stead said on Wednesday.

There were concerns that the 30-year-old middle-order batsman would miss the tour due to a training injury but scans showed he was pinched instead of tearing the calf muscle in his right leg.

“Even if Henry is positive that he has not torn the calf, the next two to three weeks will be crucial in terms of his recovery and after being available for the trial series,” Stead said in a news release.

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“The pups can be a challenge in rehab and we need to minimize the risk that he will see himself again in any return to the action game.

“Henry is clearly an important player for us at number five and we know he will do everything he can to use himself.”

Left-hander Nicholls has been a fixture in New Zealand’s middle order over the past five years, averaging 40.38 with eight centuries in 46 attempts.

New Zealand named an extended 20 -man squad for three trial series last week.

Stead said Nicholls is unlikely to play much of the tour games against Sussex and a First Class Counties XI lead in the Lord’s first try from June 2-6.

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Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, Edited by Peter Rutherford

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