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A minor shoulder injury has ruled out Daryl Tuffey from the remainder of New Zealand A's tour to Sri Lanka. He will be replaced by Graeme Aldridge, a 27-year-old right-arm fast bowler, for the rest of the tour.
Explaining the decision, Lindsay Crocker, the manager of the team, said: "We expected Daryl would have been fit enough to return to cricket in time for the last match, in two weeks. However, having Daryl out of contention for the next two games would have seen the squad one member short and with a busy season ahead, we decided it was sensible for Daryl to return home for rehabilitation."
Tuffey played just two of the five matches that New Zealand A played in the triangular tournament, which South Africa A won by beating the New Zealanders in the final. Tuffey missed out on the final, but did reasonably well in the two games he did play, taking four wickets at 20.75 apiece.
New Zealand A will play three four-day games against their Sri Lankan counterparts, with the first of those games starting on October 7 at Kandy.