THE New Zealand cricket team’s injury woes have deepened after an ankle injury ruled paceman Mark Gillespie out of the Test series against the West Indies.
The Wellingtonian severely sprained his ankle while running and suffered bruising and ligament damage.
National selection manager Kim Littlejohn said he had not responded to treatment in time to be fit to make the trip to the Caribbean.
“As a precautionary measure Mark feels that it would be the right decision to stay in Wellington to continue working on his rehabilitation,” he said.
No decision has been made on a replacement.
The injury is a blow for 32-year-old Gillespie, who returned from more than three years on the international sidelines to take two five-wicket bags in Tests against South Africa in March.
His absence is the latest setback for the Black Caps who were well beaten by the West Indies in two Twenty20 matches in Florida and picked up injuries to key players in the process.
Captain Ross Taylor hurt his shoulder while fielding and is set to sit out the five one-day internationals which start on Friday, and possibly both Tests.
Left-arm seamer Trent Boult was also called in the ODI squad after allrounder Jacob Oram injured a knee in the opening T20 match while spinner Ronnie Hira dislocated a finger in the same match.
The first Test starts on July 25 in Antigua.