Kiwi Neesham out of Australia Test series

 09 Nov 2015 - 8:46

Kiwi Neesham out of Australia Test series

Brisbane, Australia: New Zealand have suffered another injury blow on their troubled cricket tour of Australia with allrounder James Neesham ruled out of the three-Test series with back trouble, team officials said Monday.

Neesham will bat on Monday's final day of the first Gabba Test when the Black Caps resume at 142 for three chasing 504.

Left-arm paceman Mitchell McClenaghan will then replace Neesham in the Kiwi touring party.

The Black Caps last week called in another left-armer Neil Wagner as cover for pace spearhead Tim Southee, who has a back injury.

Southee, who has an irritated disc, will also bat on Monday and then is expected to fly with the team to Perth.

However a short turnaround means the 26-year-old faces a tough task proving his fitness for the second Test, which starts at the WACA Ground on Friday.

Neesham, who was selected in the touring party as a replacement for injured allrounder Corey Anderson, has struggled in the first Test.

The allrounder returned from a back stress fracture earlier this year but still isn't 100 percent, officials said.

"Jimmy has worked hard to get back to fitness following his injury earlier this year, but at this stage still experiences discomfort when bowling extended loads," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said.

"Jimmy will return to New Zealand for further medical assessment.

"At this stage our number one priority is getting Jimmy fully healthy and ready for the home summer."

The 25-year-old bowled a combined 20 overs in both innings and had figures of 1-111, failing to generate much pace and struggling for control.