Neesham out of Sri Lanka T20I with hamstring strain

New Zealand's James Neesham leaves the field not out for 47 runs off 13 balls during the first one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 3, 2019. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been ruled out of the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka on Friday. Neesham suffered a grade-one hamstring strain in the Black Caps’ 115-run win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday that sealed a 3-0 ODI series win.

The injury is a cruel blow to Neesham whose return to the New Zealand setup for this series saw him make his first international appearance since the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

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He enjoyed an excellent series, his 13-ball 47 in the first ODI – which included five sixes in one over – was followed by an innings of 64 in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui. The Wellington all-rounder was also impressive with the ball, collecting six wickets across the three games.

New Zealand physio Vijay Vallabh said: “Jimmy felt some tightness in his right hamstring during the bowling innings and left the field for treatment.

“He’s iced and compressed the injury and will be reassessed in a couple of days.”

Fast bowler Doug Bracewell, who has been part of New Zealand’s ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series, has been called up as Neesham’s replacement.

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The one-off T20I against Sri Lanka will take place at Eden Park on Friday.

Sri Lanka v New Zealand 2018