Mitchell Santner out for nine months due to knee surgery

Mitchell Santner

Cricket Player Mitchell Santner:

The best cricket player Mitchell Santner out from team for a long period of time ( nine months) due to knee surgery. Mitchell Santner will miss their Test series against England. He Suffered discomfort during the limited overs matches against England and had a scan, which revealed a bone defect.

Additionally scans showed the wound had deteriorated and needed surgery that would keep him out for between six and nine months.

On a individual level every person feels for Mitchell,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said in a statement. “He’s a popular guy in the changing room and he’s well valued for the work he puts in for the side. “Mitchell is a key player in all three formats for us, so we’ll certainly miss him in the upcoming series.

New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said, it is essential though that he gets this fixed and we have him back for what is a big next eighteen months for us. Leg-spinner Todd Astle has been brought in as a replacement for the test series, which starts on March 22 in Auckland with New Zealand’s first day-night test. Having another spin bowling all-rounder in Todd is of real benefit for us and he will be looking forward to his opportunity.

Being involved in the first day-night test in New Zealand is really exciting and there’s always something special about playing England. “They have match winners throughout their squad so we expect a challenging series.

Due to knee injury, Santner’s will also miss the upcoming season of IPL for Chennai Super Kings and his first County season with Derbyshire.

The Regular test wicket keeper BJ Watling has also returned to the side after recovering from a hip injury. Watling had played several games for his first class side as a batsman only as he slowly worked his way back to fitness. Tom Blundell, who replaced Watling and scored a century on debut against West Indies last December, has dropped out of the squad.

“BJ is a proven performer at test level for us and brings a lot to the group both on and off the field,” Larsen added. “We’ve monitored BJ’s progress over the past few months and it’s great to see him back with the gloves for Northern Districts. “Tom Blundell did a great job in BJ’s absence and we’ll keep working with him going forward.”

New Zealand Test squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.

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