December 22, 2001

Astle out of second Test, Matt Horne called up

Nathan Astle is out of the second National Bank Test match against Bangladesh.

He is replaced by Matthew Horne.

Astle has a hairline fracture on a bone in the back of his right hand. It is expected to to be healed in a week.

It is the only change to the side for the second Test.

No decision has been made on where Horne will bat, although it is likely he will open allowing Lou Vincent to drop down into Astle's position at No 5 in the order.

An initial X-ray of Astle's hand had shown only bruising but this morning he complained it was still sore.

He had an MRI scan and it revealed the hairline crack.