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New Zealand loses de Grandhomme for the remainder of the England series

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All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been ruled out of the rest of New Zealand’s Test series against England because of a heel injury, the Black Caps announced on Monday.

After the 35-year-old pitched just 3.5 overs in England’s second innings in the first Test, a scan revealed a tear to his right heel.

New Zealand lost Sunday’s Test at Lord’s by five wickets, falling 1-0 in the three-match series.

Trainer Gary Stead said it would take de Grandhomme 10 to 12 weeks to recover.

“It’s really unfortunate for Colin to pick up this injury so early in the series,” said Stead.

“He’s a big part of our test squad and we’ll certainly miss him.”

De Grandhomme will be replaced in the squad by Michael Bracewell, 31, who was in the squad as cover for Henry Nichols at the first Test.

“It’s great to have someone like Michael who has been in the squad for a month and is ready to play.”

Bracewell, the nephew of former New Zealand Test players Brendan and John Bracewell, played three one-day internationals against the Netherlands earlier this year but is yet to make his Test debut.

The second Test in the three-game series begins on Friday at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge.

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New Zealand loses de Grandhomme for the remainder of the England series

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