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Update De Grandhomme ruled out of West Indies Tests; Santner to captain final T20I

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New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against the West Indies with a bone bruising in his right-foot. He will be replaced by Daryl Mitchell in the squad.

Mitchell Santner has been named Ajaz Patel's cover for the first Test starting December 3 after the spinner's left calf tear didn't improved enough in time. Santner has also been named as the captain of New Zealand for the third T20I on Monday. He will take over from Tim Southee (who's been rested for the game) and will become the eighth T20I captain for New Zealand.

"It's disappointing for Colin to be ruled out of the Tests completely and he'll now target being fit and available for the Boxing Day Test at Bay Oval," head coach Gary Stead said. "Ajaz will join the team in Hamilton to have treatment and train. We will make a call on the second Test in Wellington closer to the time.

"The unavailability of Colin and Ajaz has obviously had a flow on effect to our T20 squad who are providing the replacement players for the Test squad. I highlighted last week how tight and complex the schedule was - so when you throw in some injuries, it really begins to challenge how you juggle your resources.

"Mitch and Daryl will be available for the final T20 game, before linking up with the Test squad on Tuesday where we will monitor them closely to ensure they're fit and fresh ahead of the first Test on Thursday.

"They both proved last summer in the Tests against England what they can do in our conditions with Mitch scoring a century and claiming three wickets at Bay Oval, while Daryl produced a polished half-century on debut at Seddon Park.

"I'd like to acknowledge Mitch Santner for taking on the responsibility to captain the T20 side. It's a great honour to lead your country and I know his calm demeanour along with the sheer amount of international experience he's amassed in the past five years will hold him in good stead.

"With just two days between the two series, we've made the decision to have our T20 players, who are also Test regulars, assemble in Hamilton on the Monday and that reflects our focus on the World Test Championship.


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