New Zealand in Zimbabwe 2011 September 19, 2011

Injured Bennett out of Zimbabwe series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hamish Bennett, the New Zealand fast bowler, will miss next month's tour of Zimbabwe due to a sore back.

A lower back soreness has put Bennett out of contention. "It seems like the trouble is muscular, the scans show nothing. I've just got to stop bowling for a few weeks and become pain-free, then I can resume gradually again," Bennett was quoted as saying in the Dominion Post. "It's really frustrating obviously but could be a lot worse, I guess. Things should settle down fairly quickly, I'm told."

"Unfortunately injuries are just part and parcel of being a fast bowler. I'm just due for a better run and hope I can get that over the remainder of the season."

Bennett, 24, has had a string of injuries since his surprise elevation to the national side last year. He suffered a groin strain on the opening day of his Test debut in India, ruling him out of the series. Earlier this year, an ankle injury put him out of the second half of New Zealand's run to the semi-finals in the World Cup.

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  • Ryan on September 19, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    sorry but my memories of Hamish bowling everywhere against Australia in the WC are still fresh in my mind. this is not terrible for NZ cricket. though I would have liked to have seen him in NZ conditions to be able to bowl quick. he has only played in hot subcontinent places.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Will there ever be a day where Richard Hadlee unarguably one of the worlds finest bowlers ever, starts to coach these young men in the art of fast bowling. Hadlee worked for a long time with Lance Cairns who whilst not resembling the pace of Bennett, definitely resembled the action and would no doubt be a huge benefit to Bennett, not to mention any seam or swing bowler anywhere in the world. Arguably the greatest thing Sir Richard Hadlee could do for New Zealand cricket is to apply his wisdom first hand to its bowlers.

  • James on September 16, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    It'll be interesting to see how Zimbabwe's captain Taylor and the likes of Vitori do against, um...

  • A on September 16, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    good to see zimbabwe playing international cricket on a regular basis now. as the saying goes - practise makes a team perfect!! more cricket on a regular basis will only help them develop quickly. all the international teams should be playing a full series on a regular basis against all the other teams this will make cricket more exciting and also the ICC needs to start 2-tier system for tests and odi's and include all the top associate and affiliate teams.

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