O’Rourke ruled out of 2nd Test against Aus due to injury; Sears named as replacement for NZ squad

New Zealand pace-bowler Will O’Rourke has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia due to a left-hamstring strain, as confirmed by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Monday. O’Rourke sustained the injury during the first Test in Wellington and will need two weeks of rest.

Ben Sears, an uncapped fast bowler, will replace O’Rourke in the squad and is set to join the team in Christchurch. With an impressive record in First-Class cricket, Sears brings a quality skill set and pace to the team, according to head coach Gary Stead.

Stead expressed disappointment for O’Rourke’s injury, praising his potential and strong start to his international career. The team also bid farewell to Neil Wagner, who has retired and has been released from the squad ahead of the second Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch starting on Thursday.

The Test squad includes players like Tim Southee, Tom Blundell, and Kane Williamson. Sears’ inclusion brings depth and talent to the team, as they gear up to face Australia in the upcoming match.