Corey Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the England tour after injuring his back. With New Zealand dearly missing the services of the dependable all rounder in the first ODI, this is a costly blow for the Blackcaps. Anderson was also ruled out of the Headingley test with the back injury, but was expected to be fit in time for the limited overs leg of the tour. However, his injury has taken quite a while to heal, thus ruling him out of the remaining England tour.
An MRI scan recently revealed a bone stress related injury to his lumbar spine, which requires investigation, ruling Anderson out of the remaining three ODIs and T20. Corey has been working hard to get back to full fitness for the ODI series but he hasn’t been able to overcome this injury, New Zealand’s coach, Mike Hesson, said. We felt the best course of action was to send him back to New Zealand for further assessment, he added.
Anderson’s injury will not just be a blow to New Zealand, but even Somerset. Anderson was supposed to don the colors of Somerset for the Natwest T20 Blast. The Blackcaps will be hoping that the injury does not have any serious effects on Anderson’s career. In the past, there have been several individuals, who have been plagued by the stress related injury. Earlier in the tour, Anderson did well in the Lord’s test when he made a quick counterattacking half century in the second innings. The Kiwis have not named any replacement for the all rounder.