Kyle Jamieson is out of the third Test against New Zealand due to injury.

Kyle Jamieson is out of the third Test against New Zealand due to injury. Kyle Jamieson will return to New Zealand after suffering a stress reaction in his lower back during the second Test against England.

New Zealand will be without injured pace bowler Kyle Jamieson for the third and final Test against England. Further compounding their dismay after losing the series in Nottingham on Tuesday. Soon after losing the second Test by five wickets at Trent Bridge, giving England an unassailable 2-0 lead. Black Caps management confirmed Jamieson will return home after a scan revealed a stress reaction in his lower back. which he suffered while bowling on the third day. Jamieson, according to coach Gary Stead, will need four to six weeks of rest before beginning a rehabilitation program that will aim for a return to play in September or October.

Pace bowler Blair Tickner, who was with the squad for the early tour games, recall and will arrive in Leeds before the third Test begins next Thursday.

Tickner has yet to play a Test match, but he has played 10 limited-overs internationals.

Cam Fletcher, who suffered a hamstring injury while filling in for Jamieson on day four at Trent Bridge, has been ruled out of the tour, forcing New Zealand to make another, minor change.

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Kyle Jamieson will be replaced by Dane Cleaver, who, like Fletcher, is uncapped for New Zealand in any format.

The departure of Jamieson, who burst onto the scene last year and took 72 wickets in his first 16 Tests, is a major blow to the tourists’ hopes of salvaging series pride at Headingley.

He bowled well in the first Test defeat at Lord’s, taking six wickets for 99 runs.

On the final day at Trent Bridge, England cruised to 299 for five, with Jonny Bairstow (136) and captain Ben Stokes (75 not out) unleashing aggressive knocks against a flagging New Zealand attack.

“Kyle had played such an important role in the first Test at Lord’s, and I know how disappointed he was to have his involvement in the second Test curtailed,” Stead said.

“He’s obviously a huge asset for us, and we’ll be patient with his recovery to ensure he returns fully fit with plenty more important cricket to come later this year.”

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