Matt Henry replaces injured Neil Wagner in NZ Check squad


Fast bowler Matt Henry was today named as replacement for the injured left-arm pacer Neil Wagner in the New Zealand squad for the second Test against Pakistan, starting here on Sunday. Wagner was struck by a Shaheen Afridi yorker while batting on the second day of the first Test, sustaining undisplaced fractures in both the fourth and fifth toes of his right foot. Wagner’s recovery is expected to be approximately six weeks. Coach Gary Stead said Henry brings Test experience and local knowledge to the squad.


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