Injured all-rounder Neesham ruled out of Kanpur Test

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been ruled out of consideration for the opening Test against India in Kanpur with a rib injury.

Neesham suffered a blow during training on Thursday, which limited his involvement in the Black Caps’ recent three-day match against Mumbai.

Coach Mike Hesson said the injury was not serious, but he would not be considered for the Test starting Thursday.

“Jimmy was struck in the nets and has been in discomfort the last few days,” Hesson said.

“It will take a few days for the bruising to go away, but it’s very much a short-term injury.

“Jimmy won’t be available for selection in Kanpur, but we expect him to be back to full fitness ahead of the second Test.”

No one will be added to the 15-man squad.