Australia tour of New Zealand: Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the 3rd T20I, in Wellington, after he woke in the morning with a common cold and has been tested for the coronavirus.
- Mitchell Santner is self isolating after a COVID-19 test on Wednesday
- Santner was ruled out of the 3rd T20I and Adam Milne was called as cover
- Mark Chapman has replaced Santner in the playing XI for 3rd T20I
New Zealand have called in fast bowler Adam Milne, who was roped in by the Mumbai Indians franchise in the 2021 IPL auction held last month, as cover for Mitchell Santner who was ruled out of the 3rd T20I only hours before the game, on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old spinner woke up with a common cold on Wednesday (March 3) morning and was immediately sent for a COVID-19 test after which the cricketer is self-isolating and awaiting the test results.
“Mitch Santner has been ruled out of tonight’s match after waking up this morning with a head-cold. He is self-isolating as a precautionary measure while awaiting the results of a COVID test,” New Zealand said in a statement.
“Wellington based Adam Milne will join the team for today’s match at Sky Stadium as squad cover,” it added.
Adam Milne, who made his international debut in 2012, last appeared in New Zealand colours way back in November 2018. But the fast bowler has found himself an IPL contract worth Rs 3.2 crores with the 5-time IPL champions.
While New Zealand will be missing Santner, who produced the figures of 4-31 in the 2nd T20I in his team’s 4-run win, the hosts have played legspinner Mark Chapman in the 3rd game.
Kane Williamson’s New Zealand are currently leading the five-match series 2-0 and the rest of the T20Is will be played in Wellington including the 5th and the last T20I that was originally scheduled to be played in Auckland.