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New Zealand expects its injured star spinner to be ready for the Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand expects its injured star spinner to be ready for the Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand expects its injured star spinner to be ready for the Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand is optimistic about one of their main bowlers’ condition ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Mitchell Santner, a Black Caps all-rounder, suffered an injury against England in the ongoing ODI series between the two sides. He strained his knee in the second ODI at the Ageas Bowl and was unable to play the following game.

Given that Ish Sodhi is resting ahead of the Cricket World Cup, New Zealand’s lack of a full-time spinner has become a source of concern. Rachin Ravindra (two overs for 28 runs without a wicket) and Glenn Phillips (eight overs for 57 runs with a wicket) were the other options who struggled in the third game.

Nonetheless, New Zealand coach Gary Stead remains optimistic about Santner’s availability.

“Mitch had a full scan on his knee, which he landed on in the last game at the Ageas Bowl,” Stead said. “It has returned positively, which is good for us.” He merely has some edema around the knee, which they believe is due to a joint condition. That’s all there is to it.”

While Santner’s absence is a problem, Stead was pleased with Trent Boult’s comeback. In his two appearances on this tour, the left-arm fast bowler has taken eight wickets.

“It’s great to have Trent back: he adds a lot of energy and skill to our top of the order.” In his two games, he has demonstrated his capacity as a world-class player to demolish England.”

England leads the four-match One-Day International series against New Zealand 2-1. The fourth One-Day International (ODI) will be played on September 15 at Lord’s.

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