All-rounder Anderson ruled out of Australia Tests

New Zealand will be without all-rounder Corey Anderson for the Test series against Australia next month, after his lower back injury failed to heal according to plan.


Corey Anderson close up

Anderson was ruled out in June while in England, and missed the recent tour to Zimbabwe and South Africa. He’d been in line for a return Down Under, but has instead been replaced by rookie Mitchell Santner.

Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said: “Corey hasn’t been able to recover as quickly as we hoped and we’ve chosen not to try to rush him back.

“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 at Lincoln.

“Mitch clearly isn’t a direct, like-for-like replacement for Corey – but in terms of the bigger picture he’s an allrounder who can bat at No. 6 or 7 and he’s also a front-line bowler.

“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.”

The first Test will be played in Brisbane on 5 November. The third match of the series, in Adelaide, will be the first-ever day-night Test.