Daryl Mitchell to miss second Test against South Africa due to foot injury | Cricket News

Feb 8, 2024

New Delhi: new zealand cricket It was announced on Thursday that the Black Caps batsman darryl mitchell will be sidelined for second test against South Africa To prioritize his fitness for the upcoming home series against world champions Australia next week.
Despite playing a key role in New Zealand's impressive 281-run win in the first Test against South Africa, Mitchell will be absent from the second match due to a persistent foot problem.
The 32-year-old, who has an impressive record of five centuries in 31 Test matches, will also not be available for the three Twenty20 matches against Australia this month.
This decision has been taken to ensure that Michelle receives adequate treatment leg injuryWhich had earlier sidelined him during the home Twenty20 series against Pakistan in January.
in a statement, new zealand Cricket stressed Mitchell's importance across all formats and highlighted the need to prioritize his fitness, especially given the upcoming series against Australia.
Head coach Gary Stead confirmed Mitchell's importance to the team and stressed the importance of his well-being given the busy schedule ahead. Stead indicated that the current period is the right time for Mitchell to undergo a rehabilitation programme.
In Mitchell's absence, seamer Will O'Rourke is set to join the squad as planned for the second Test against South Africa in Hamilton.
Meanwhile, New Zealand batsman kane williamsonAn exceptional performance in the first Test against South Africa, with centuries in both innings, further cemented his status as the world's top-ranked male batsman.
A possible second win in the Test series would be a historic achievement for New Zealand, who achieved their first Test series win over South Africa after 17 previous unsuccessful attempts dating back to 1931.
(With inputs from AFP)

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