Kiwi bowler Franklin replaces Bennett for India series

November 9th, 2010 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Nov 9 (IANS) James Franklin will replace injured Hamish Bennett in the New Zealand squad for the remaining two Test matches in India.

Bennett injured his groin while bowling on the opening day of first Test in Ahmedabad, which ended in a draw. Bennett will be flying back home to undergo further testing and rehabilitation.

“It’s an unfortunate injury for Hamish, which will see him miss the remainder of the Test series against India. However, it does create another opportunity for James Franklin to come back into the Black Caps squad,” coach Mark Greatbatch said on the New Zealand Cricket website.

“Franklin showed good form with bat and ball in Zimbabwe where he successfully led New Zealand A to a series win.

“In view of the injury to Hamish and some concerns about Jesse’s (Ryder) ability to bowl in the next match the selectors made the decision to go with an all-rounder.”

Franklin will arrive in Hyderabad Nov 10. The second Test begins in Hyderabad Nov 12.

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