After losing the first Test by five wickets at the hands of hosts England, New Zealand’s troubles are not taking its name. Kiwi all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been ruled out of the remaining matches of the ongoing Test series with England due to injury. Grandhomme suffered a heel injury on the third day of the Lord’s Test.
Grandhomme, 35, will now take about 10 to 12 weeks to recover from the injury. All-rounder Mitchell Bracewell has now been included in the New Zealand squad for the remaining two Tests in place of Colin de Grandhomme. New Zealand coach Gary Stead said it was very unfortunate that Colin was injured early in the series. He said that he was an important part of our Test team.
The second Test between England and New Zealand will begin at Trent Bridge on Friday. After a five-wicket loss in the first Test, New Zealand will now look to make a comeback in the second Test to gain some points in the ICC World Test Championship points table. New Zealand’s team is at number seven in the WTC Points Table. At the same time, England is at number eight.
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With the win in this match played under the World Test Championship, England’s team moved up from 9th place to 8th position. At the same time, due to the defeat, New Zealand’s team had to slip from the sixth position to the seventh position. England’s win percentage has now gone up from 12.5 per cent to 19.23 per cent. On the other hand, World Test champions New Zealand’s win percentage has dropped from 38.89 to 33.33. Indian team can get the benefit of this.
In the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points table, Australia is in the first place with a win percentage of 75 percent, while the team of South Africa, who is at number two, has a win percentage of 71.43. India’s team is at number three with 58.33 percent. At the same time, the team of Sri Lanka is at number four, whose win percentage is 55.56. At the fifth position is the team of Pakistan (52.38). West Indies (35.71) at sixth and Bangladesh (16.67) on ninth.