Gillespie blow for Black Caps

Ross Taylor also big injury doubt

Last Updated: 03/07/12 7:15am

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Mark Gillespie: Injury woe

Mark Gillespie: Injury woe

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New Zealand paceman Mark Gillespie has been ruled out of the two-Test series against West Indies due to an ankle injury.

Gillespie didn't feature in the pre-tour training camps because of extensive bone bruising and ligament damage in his ankle.

It had been hoped the 32-year-old would recover in time for the first Test at Sabina Park on July 27, but instead he will stay at home.

"Mark unfortunately has had to withdraw from the upcoming Test series against the West Indies having not responded to treatment in time to be fully fit," national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said.

"As a precautionary measure Mark feels that it would be the right decision to stay in Wellington to continue working on his rehabilitation."


Captain Ross Taylor is also a major doubt after a grade two displacement of the left AC joint in his shoulder during the first Twenty20 loss.

He is almost certain to be ruled out for the whole of the five-match ODI series.

"We'll have a better assessment over the next week or so and I'll have a better idea of where I'm at. If I'm looking positive I'll stay on. If not I'll come home," Taylor said.

That means Kane Williamson now looks set to become New Zealand's youngest ever 50-over skipper at 21 years and 332 days in the opening clash in Kingston.

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