Australia in New Zealand 2015-16 February 9, 2016

Craig replaces injured Santner for Wellington Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Offspinner Mark Craig has been called into New Zealand's squad for the opening Test against Australia in Wellington, which begins on Friday. New Zealand Cricket selectors named Craig as a replacement for Mitchell Santner, was ruled out with a foot injury.

Santner experienced soreness in his right foot following the second ODI against Australia. A subsequent scan revealed a bone bruise and the decision was made to have Santner sit out. A decision about Santner's availability for the second Test will be made later.

"It's unfortunate for Mitch as he has been a key player for us so far this summer," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said. "The positive news is that we picked it up early and hopefully Mitch can make a quick recovery."

Craig was part of the New Zealand squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka in December but was not selected to play. His last Test match came against Australia in the inaugural day-night Test, in Adelaide, where he finished with match figures of 2 for 75 in a three-wicket defeat.

Squad for the Wellington Test: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk)*, Kane Williamson

*Luke Ronchi is on standby for Watling, who is a doubtful starter due to a back problem