Craig replaces injured Santner for Wellington Test

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Offspinner Mark Craig has been called into New Zealand’s squad for the opening Test against Australia at Wellington beginning on Friday. New Zealand Cricket selectors named Craig as an injury replacement after Mitchell Santner was ruled out with a foot injury.

Santner experienced soreness in his right foot following the second ODI against Australia. A subsequent scan revealed a bone bruise and the decision was made to have Santner sit out. A decision about Santner’s availability for the second Test will be made later.

“It’s unfortunate for Mitch as he’s been a key player for us so far this summer,” said New Zealand coach Mike Hesson. “The positive news is that we picked it up early and hopefully Mitch can make a quick recovery.”

Craig was part of the New Zealand squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka in December but was not selected. His last Test match came against Australia in the inaugural day-night Test at Adelaide where he finished with match figures of 2 for 75 in a three-wicket defeat.

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