Ross Taylor has been ruled out of the primary ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh thanks to “a small tear in his left hamstring”. All-rounder Mark Chapman has been included within the squad to protect Taylor.
Taylor picked up the injury while fielding during the Plunket Shield game between Central Stags and Wellington Firebirds on Sunday. The senior batsman, who will assemble with the remainder of the squad in Dunedin on Wednesday (March 17), will stick with the team while undergoing treatment and monitoring.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said he’s hopeful that Taylor will get over the injury and befit the last two games of the series.
“It’s a shame for Ross to possess this happen on the eve of a series,” Stead said. “It’s a little tear and we’re hopeful after some rest and rehabilitation we will get him fit the second game in Christchurch.
“It’s an exciting time for Mark who’s are available and performed well recently for the T20 side, so we’ve full confidence he can do the work if called upon.”
The first ODI is going to be played at the University Oval in Dunedin on March 20 while the second game is going to be held at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on March 23. The third and final ODI is scheduled on March 26 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. this may be New Zealand’s first series within the World Cup Super League.