BANGLADESH TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
If Blundell does play in Christchurch, it will be only the third Test for him. © Getty
Wicket-keeper batsman, Tom Blundell, has been added to New Zealand’s Test team as cover for BJ Watling, who suffered a hamstring injury during the course of New Zealand’s big win over Bangladesh in the second Test in Wellington. He was substituted by uncapped wicket-keeper, Peter Bocock, on the final day of the Test.
Speaking to the media at the conclusion of the Test, head coach, Gary Stead, had said that Watling didn’t take the gloves on the final day so as to give himself more time to recuperate before the third and final Test, starting on March 16, in Christchurch.
New Zealand have now confirmed that the 28-year Blundell has been officially added to the squad as cover and a final call regarding Watling’s participation in Christchurch will be taken on Friday.
If he does play in Christchurch, it will be only the third Test for Blundell, having made his debut against West Indies, during the 2017-18 season, after Watling had been ruled out with a hip injury. He enjoyed a fine maiden outing in Wellington, becoming only the first New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman to score a Test hundred on debut.
The hosts are also sweating on the fitness of captain, Kane Williamson, who suffered a grade one tear to his left pectoral muscle while fielding on the third morning of the second Test against Bangladesh. Having travelled with the team to Christchurch, the hosts will wait until Friday to confirm the fitness of their skipper. If Williamson doesn’t recover in time, he’s expected to be replaced by 26-year Will Young in the number three position for the Christchurch Test.