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New Zealand-Sri Lanka Series

Wagner ruled out of second Test against SL



Photo: Neil Wagner
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New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, which is set to be played in Wellington.
Wagner suffered a torn in his right hamstring during the second innings of Sri Lanka on Day three at Hagley Oval and he underwent a scan today that revealed the extent of his injuries.

“We all know how much playing Test cricket for New Zealand means to Neil and we are all disappointed to see him side-lined like this. The fact he was still hoping to play on, carrying these injuries shows you just how determined he is to try and give his all for the team,” said coach Gary Stead.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is in the pole position to win the first Test at the Hagley Oval. Starting day four with three wickets down, the experienced all-rounder Angelo Mathews bailed the visiting team out of trouble with a magnificent hundred (115) while getting little assistance from Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva.
Crucial partnerships across two sessions saw Sri Lanka cross 300-run mark and give a target of 285 to New Zealand in the final innings.  New Zealand were on 28-1 in 17 at the stumps of the day.