New Zealand tour of the West Indies: Ben Sears to replace injured Matt Henry

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Ben Sears could be in line to make his ODI debut against the West Indies on August 17 after being called up to replace Matt Henry, who was ruled out with a rib injury.

Henry first experienced soreness in his left side during training last week and with the injury not improving, the decision was made to replace him with the team.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said: “It’s a shame for Matt to have to go home at this point in the tour. Although the injury is not too serious, we felt there was a significant risk that he would get worse while playing.

“With the next ODI series starting on Wednesday and consisting of three games over five days, we felt it prudent to bring in a fully fit replacement,” he said.

“Matt is on his way home and will begin his rehabilitation immediately with a view to being ready for the ODI series in Australia in early September.”

New Zealand will play the three-match Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series in Australia, starting on September 2.

Sears arrived in Jamaica on Sunday and will fly the team to Barbados on Monday. The 24-year-old pacemaker has played six T20Is for the Blackcaps.

“Ben is coming off a successful tour with the Blackcaps in Europe and although he has yet to play ODI cricket, we think he is ready if called upon.

“At 24 years old, he is an exciting young prospect and we like the pace and skills he possesses.