Santner out of Black Caps’ African tour

New Zealand

Allrounder Mitchell Santner will miss New Zealand's limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe and South Africa in August after fracturing his thumb in training.

The 23 year-old Santner, who made his international debut against England in June, was preparing for the tour when he was struck on the thumb while bowling.

Santner's place in the squad will be taken by the uncapped George Worker, who topped the run-scoring charts in New Zealand's domestic 50-over competition last season.

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said: "We feel for Mitch because he was really excited about this tour and we were looking forward to seeing him continue his development in international cricket.

"It is unfortunate but at the same time it presents George with his first opportunity in the Black Caps environment and we are confident that he'll fit in well."

The Kiwis will play three ODI's and one T20 in Zimbabwe and five ODI's against South Africa. Batsman Kane Williamson will skipper the side as Brendon McCullum is being rested.

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