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Kiwi seamer O’Rourke is out for the second Australia Test due to injury

<p>NEW ZEALAND: Due to a hamstring issue, Black Caps seamer Will O’Rourke will miss this week’s second Test against Australia in Christchurch, the organization said on Monday.</p>
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<p>Ben Sears, an uncapped fast bowler, has been called up to start the second and final home game against Australia at Hagley Park on Friday.</p>
<p>After winning the first Test by 172 runs in Wellington on Sunday, the visiting Australians now lead the series 1-0.</p>
<p>The 26-year-old Sears, who has made 19 appearances for Wellington and collected 58 first-class wickets, was deemed suitable for Test cricket by New Zealand head coach Gary Stead.</p>
<p>Stead said, “Ben’s a young bowler with a quality skill set.” “He bowls with genuine pace and gets good bounce which is always a great asset in red ball cricket.”</p>
<p>On Saturday, O’Rourke, 22, hurt his left hamstring while bowling. Rehab for him will take at least two weeks, according to New Zealand Cricket.</p>
<p>In a victory over South Africa at home last month, he made an impression on his Test debut by claiming nine wickets.</p>
<p>“It’s disappointing for Will to be ruled out, especially after making such a strong start to his international career,” Stead said.</p>
<p>Before the team reassembles in Christchurch on Tuesday, veteran Neil Wagner, who declared his retirement last week after not being picked for the first Test, has been dismissed from the squad.</p>
<p>Seeking their first victory against Australia since 2011, New Zealand is in the hunt.</p>
<p>Devon Conway, the opening batsman for the Black Caps, broke his thumb during the team’s 3-0 Twenty20 series loss to Australia last month. He will have surgery this week.</p>
<p>According to New Zealand Cricket, he is anticipated to miss at least eight weeks of action. In June, the United States and the West Indies will host the T20 World Cup.</p>

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