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May 30, 2013
Trent Boult has been ruled out of the one-day series against England and the Champions Trophy due to a side strain. Ian Butler has been called into the New Zealand squad, in Boult's place, for the two tournaments.*
Left-arm pacer Boult picked up the injury early in England's second innings at Headingley where he bowled just two overs. An MRI scan on Wednesday confirmed the initial diagnosis of a muscle tear in his right side and he is expected to make a full recovery in six to eight weeks.
Boult was one of New Zealand's standout performers in the Test series against England, taking 5 for 57 in the first innings of the second Test, and could have been a threat in the one-day matches although his record of six wickets in eight matches means he was by no means a certain starter with the return of Kyle Mills and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Butler does not have far to travel to link up with the squad as he was already in the UK playing for the Lashings side. He hasn't played a one-day international since February 2010 although was recalled to the Twenty20 side to face England earlier this year. In 26 ODIs he has 28 wickets at 37.07.
Boult is the second player from New Zealand's one-day squad to be hit by injury after Andrew Ellis suffered a fractured rib and was replaced by Doug Bracewell.
Although the injuries are not ideal for New Zealand they are able to welcome back plenty of experience to their one-day squad as they aim to recover from the two heavy Test defeats at Lord's and Headingley. Mills, Grant Elliott and James Franklin are back in the mix, but the most significant return could be that of Daniel Vettori who New Zealand attempted to have ready for the second Test before both parties conceded it wouldn't be possible.
Vettori, who played his previous ODI at the 2011 World Cup, does not believe the outcome of the Test series will have much bearing on the limited-overs leg of the tour and drew on New Zealand's previous experiences in England of 2004 and 2008 when they responded by winning the one-day series which followed the Tests.
"This is a completely different format and there's a more comfortable feel with the one-day matches," he said. "The guys know their game and have put in some good performances - looking back to that South African series, of recent note.
"So I think the guys go into this format a lot more comfortable, and that's been the same for a number of years. There's a lot of experienced one-day internationals coming back into the team. I think that helps ... a lot of the guys feel pretty good about their one-day game."
*09.15GMT, May 31: This article has been updated after news of the ICC's technical committee approval of Ian Butler arrived
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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