Wellington wicketkeeper Tom Blundell has been known as as much as the New Zealand squad as cowl for BJ Watling for the third Check towards Bangladesh at Hagley Oval. Watling and captain Kane Williamson, who’ve sustained accidents, should show their health by Friday to be accessible for choice because the match begins on Thursday.
Blundell, who had made a century on debut within the first Check towards West Indies in December 2017, is about to affix the squad in Christchurch on Wednesday as back-up for Watling, who had strained his hamstring earlier than play on the ultimate day of the second Check in Wellington. It was Watling’s damage that made approach for Blundell’s debut again within the 2017 collection towards West Indies, which was additionally the latter’s final Check look.
Blundell is approaching the again of an unbeaten century and 52 towards Otago within the newest spherical of the Plunket Defend. He has scored 240 runs in 4 matches at a median of 48 this season. Total, Blundell has performed two Assessments and three T20Is up to now, having final performed for New Zealand in February 2018 towards Australia in Sydney.
On the fifth day of the Wellington Check, substitute Peter Bocock had stored wickets for the aspect because the administration didn’t need to danger fielding the injured Watling or transfer back-up Tom Latham from the slip cordon.
Coach Gary Stead had earlier hinted that uncapped Will Younger, who’s within the Check squad, may exchange Williamson, who has sustained a grade one tear to his left pectoral minor muscle. Tim Southee stood in at Basin Reserve when Williamson had briefly left the sector for medical consideration. Stead additionally mentioned the captain has sustained a uncommon – albeit minor – damage.
“It is a fairly uncommon damage – they’ve solely seen I believe 5 on this planet earlier than,” Stead mentioned. “I do know that the physio workers had been saying ‘We’ll make this a case research’ as a result of it’s so uncommon.”