Ahead of their all-important tour of England next month, New Zealand has on Monday (May 3) had an injury scare as their veteran batsman Ross Taylor suffered a calf-muscle injury while batting in a training session at the high-performance centre in Lincoln.
A Black Caps spokesperson told the www.stuff.co.nz that Taylor, who already missed a couple of ODIs against Bangladesh in March due to a left hamstring injury, was forced to leave the net session on day one and underwent a scan that revealed a calf-muscle injury.
The 105-Test veteran – with 7379 runs and 19 centuries to his name, faced six deliveries in the nets in Lincoln before hobbling away with tightness in his left calf muscle and didn’t return.
Head coach Gary Stead is awaiting updates on Taylor’s condition but said the right-hander pulled up “a little bit sore” while batting in the training session and he left the nets as a precaution.
As reported by the www.stuff.co.nz, Stead said: “You’re always worried about any injuries that happen, but someone of Ross’s standing and caliber as a test player, you have a little bit of concern.”
The New Zealand head coach further added, “Fingers crossed everything is good, and we’ve still got time on our side, but we’ll wait and see what the medical team says.”
Noteworthy, New Zealand will leave for England by mid-May to play a two-match Test series starting on June 2nd before taking on the Indian cricket team in the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship from June 18th at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
(With Reuters Inputs)