B-Mac, Boult won’t be part of Africa tour

New Zealand

New Zealand will be without three key players for their tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa in August, with skipper Brendon McCullum sitting it out, while Trent Boult and Corey Anderson are recovering from injuries.

The Kiwis will go to southern Africa for a 24-day limited-overs tour, starting in Zimbabwe, and Boult and Anderson have both been ruled out with back injuries. Anderson missed the ODI series against England too.

They could also be without Tim Southee and Adam Milne, with the former set to be rested and the latter still recovering from a foot injury, meaning the bowling line up could see a major overhaul.

Chief selector Lindsay Crocker told NZ Newswire: "Trent didn't suffer a fracture, but certainly had a stressed area in his back that will require rest before reconditioning and getting back into bowling work.

"Corey's is slightly more severe in that a small crack was detected, not a full fracture. Because it's slightly more severe than Trent's, it requires a longer rehab program.

"Tim's had a really heavy workload, so that's a decision for the selectors to determine whether he'd benefit longer term from a break from that tour, much the same as Brendon."