Friday, 28 January 2022

Daryl Mitchell to replace injured Grandhomme

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HAMILTON:  Daryl Mitchell has been named to make his cricket debut for New Zealand in the second Test against England just weeks after cheering England´s win over New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup.

The all-rounder is the son of John Mitchell, the former All Blacks coach who is now an assistant under Eddie Jones with England, who beat New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup semis.

He will replace the injured Colin de Grandhomme in Hamilton, but New Zealand have delayed a decision on whether Matt Henry or Lockie Ferguson will come in for injured bowling spearhead Trent Boult.

With New Zealand looking for a clean sweep after winning the first Test by an innings and 65 runs, senior batsman Ross Taylor said the weather and pitch conditions before the second and final Test will determine the bowling line-up.

Taylor also had no doubt that Mitchell, who has previously played Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, would slot successfully into the Test team.

New Zealand´s player depth “is definitely the best it´s every been in my career”, Taylor said.

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