NZ vs PAK 2018: Doug Bracewell to miss Pakistan ODIs with hamstring injury

Doug Bracewell replaced by George Worker for the upcoming Pakistan ODIs.

Doug Bracewell suffered a hamstring strain on Wednesday | Getty Images

New Zealand all-rounder Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the first two One Day Internationals of the five-match series against Pakistan after suffering a hamstring injury.

Bracewell, who sustained the hamstring injury while fielding during Wednesday's final T20I against the West Indies, has been replaced by Kiwi opener George Worker, who struck back-to-back ODI fifties against Windies, as well as have brilliant record at the domestic circuit, for the first two ODIs of the series, starting with the first ODI at the Basin Reserve on 6 January.

The 27-year-old fast bowler will undergo further medical assessment in the coming days to determine his recovery. Noteworthy, Bracewell had just returned from injury in the recently-concluded series against West Indies after being away from the action for a year.

 George Worker will join New Zealand squad in Wellington on Friday | AFP

As per ESPNcricinfo, Mike Hesson, New Zealand coach, said, “Doug's worked really hard to make it back into the side after a pretty serious injury last year and he's impressed in the opportunities he's had. We know he's a hard trainer and back him to rehab well and be available for selection in the not too distant future.”

Apart from five ODIs, New Zealand will also play Pakistan in a three-match T20I series.

New Zealand ODI squad:

Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, George Worker, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.


By Rashmi Nanda - 04 Jan, 2018

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