Matt Henry, a speed bowler for New Zealand, has been injured in his ribs and will not play in the three-match one-day international series against the West Indies. Ben Sears will take Henry’s position for the series, which begins in Barbados on Wednesday, after the injury failed to heal after he experienced pain along the left side of his body during training last week. Prior to that, on Sunday in Jamaica, the teams square off in the third and final Twenty20 international, with the tourists having a commanding 2-0 advantage.
Henry was sent home as a preventative measure, according to coach Gary Stead, who expressed the hope that the seasoned player would be available for the ODI series against Australia in early September. Although the injury is not very serious, Steads stated on Sunday that there was a significant danger that it would get worse if he played.
We thought it advisable to bring in a totally fit substitute because the upcoming ODI series, which will consist of three games over five days and start on Wednesday, is scheduled. Ben is a promising young player at the age of 24, and we appreciate his pace and skill set.
Despite playing six T20 internationals, Sears has never received a cap in another format.