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De Grandhomme out of England-Kiwi series

New Zealand’s prospects of winning their three-Test series in England have suffered a blow after all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme was ruled out of the remainder of the series through injury.

The Kiwis are 1-0 down after losing the first Test at Lord’s during which De Grandhomme suffered a tear in his right heel .

With De Grandhomme facing a 10-12-week lay-off Michael Bracewell, who had been with the squad in London as cover for the injured Henry Nicholls, will now remain with the touring party.

Coach Gary Stead said: “It’s a real shame for Colin to suffer this injury so early in the series. He’s a massive part of our Test side and we’ll certainly miss him.

“It’s great to be able to call on someone like Michael who’s been with the squad for the past month and is match-ready.”

De Grandhomme top-scored with 42 in New Zealand’s first innings at Lord’s but otherwise had a match to forget in the five-wicket defeat.

He was run out off his first ball in the second innings and bowled England captain Ben Stokes, who went on to make a crucial half-century, off a no-ball before leaving the field injured.

The second Test at Trent Bridge begins on Friday.

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