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Sodhi called up for second Test as Astle withdraws from New Zealand squad

Todd Astle, who claimed three second-innings wickets in the victory over England in Auckland, has suffered a side strain

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New Zealand have called up Ish Sodhi to their Test squad

Ish Sodhi has been drafted into the New Zealand Test squad for the clash with England in Christchurch after Todd Astle was ruled out by injury.

Astle, who claimed three second-innings wickets in the victory over the English in Auckland, has suffered a side strain.

The legspinner underwent a scan to determine the extent of the damage on Wednesday and it has been ruled that he will not recover in time to be considered for selection at the Hagley Oval.

In his place, the Blackcaps have called up the man who caused England problems during the recent T20 and one-day international series.

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Todd Astle has suffered a side strain

Sodhi arrives in the Kiwi squad fresh off the back of returning career-best figures of 12-62 for Northern Districts in the Plunket Shield.

On a ground which does not traditionally offer much for the spinners, he will be hoping to win his 15th Test cap.

“Through some incredibly hard work, Todd’s already overcome some injuries this summer, so for this to happen now is a cruel blow,” said New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson. 

“Todd played a major role in helping us win the game at Eden Park, so it’s disappointing for Todd and the team that he’s forced to the sideline ahead of Friday.”

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