New Zealand v Bangladesh 2007-08 January 10, 2008

Gillespie ruled out of second Test

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A shoulder injury that Mark Gillespie sustained during the ODIs against Bangladesh has kept him out of the second Test © Getty Images
 

Mark Gillespie, the New Zealand fast bowler, has been ruled out of the second Test against Bangladesh after he aggravated the shoulder injury which forced him to miss the first Test while playing for Wellington against Auckland.

Gillespie took 3 for 36 off 4.2 overs during his comeback for Wellington but the injury, which he sustained in the second ODI against Bangladesh in Napier, resurfaced and forced him to leave the field.

"He [Gillespie] is definitely out of the Test line-up," Durning told stuff.co.nz. "He bowled a complete spell the other day but yesterday he was three or four overs into a spell and all of sudden something happened again. We'll wait and see the results of the Tests before making another other decisions."

Wellington coach Anthony Stuart also couldn't explain what the problem with Gillespie's shoulder was. "He [Gillespie] was confident of getting through ten overs and he got three wickets for us early and then just pulled up lame so it doesn't look good," Stuart said. "I've got no idea and to be fair I don't think many people have got any idea about it. But there's obviously a problem in there, whether it's a rotator cuff or a nerve.

"It only hits him at certain times and I don't know if there's an apparent reason for it or not, whether there's something in his action, I don't know, we can't pinpoint it."

Gillespie did not take part in New Zealand's practice session at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Thursday. Fast bowlers Iain O'Brien and Michael Mason were the contenders to replace Gillespie though offspinner Jeetan Patel also had a chance depending on the nature of the pitch.