New Zealand in West Indies 2012 July 3, 2012

Injured Gillespie out of Test series

ESPNcricinfo staff

The fast bowler Mark Gillespie has been ruled out of New Zealand's Test series against West Indies due to an ongoing ankle problem, further depleting a squad already hit by injuries. The captain Ross Taylor hurt his shoulder during the first Twenty20 in Florida on Saturday and is in doubt for the rest of the tour, while Jacob Oram (knee) and Ronnie Hira (dislocated finger) have also been sidelined so far on the trip.

Gillespie, 32, was New Zealand's leading wicket-taker during the Test series against South Africa in March, in what were his first international appearances in three years. Despite his success, Gillespie missed out on a national contract last month and has been battling ankle trouble, which the national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said had ruled him out of the Caribbean tour.

"Mark unfortunately has had to withdraw from the upcoming Test series against the West Indies having not responded to treatment in time to be fully fit," Littlejohn said. "As a precautionary measure, Mark feels that it would be the right decision to stay in Wellington to continue working on his rehabilitation."

No decision has been made on who will replace Gillespie, although one option would be to retain Tim Southee, who is in the squad for the one-day internationals but was left out of the Test group. The absence of Gillespie will boost Neil Wagner's chances of making his Test debut, while his fellow left-armer Trent Boult will also come into calculations to join Chris Martin and Doug Bracewell in the pace line-up.

New Zealand lost the two Twenty20s in Lauderhill on the weekend, and are now preparing for a five-match ODI series that begins in Jamaica on Thursday. The two Tests, in Antigua and Jamaica, run from July 25 to August 6.

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  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    @ sacrificial lamb.... from what i see, i think your prediction is optimistic

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Might as well bring Southee or Mills back into the test squad since they are there already. Wagner and Nethula should both debut with martin, bracewell and vettori.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    The big disappointed with NZC is the lack of game time before embarking on this tour...sure some players were in the IPL...I think a couple were in England playing County cricket...My feeling is this team needed to go to Darwin Australia and play some warm ups first.In the first T20 they looked unfit and totally out of their depth...I firmly beleive in this team and they have great talent but their lack of real game time is showing.

  • graeme on July 3, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Jacob Oram is made out of lego, a strong gust of wind and he will fall over and break both his legs. Black Caps will still win 3-2 even with a couple of Gayle onslaughts.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    NZ are always getting injuries, more than anyone else.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    he hasn't played cricket since march? How could this happen?

  • michael on July 3, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Are the injuries a result of not being sufficiently fit -lack of proper preparation. This is not the first time NZ have been pagued by injuries--in the tour of India, the same happened

  • Dennis on July 3, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    whats new , hes breaks down as much as Oram ,

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Would love to see Andre Adams back in the black cap. In the form of his life. Black Caps are needing some older guidance.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Is anyone surprised? I guess not. Too bad for Gillespie.

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