New Indian Premier League recruit Matt Henry is not expected to return to Canterbury cricket colours until late next month.
Henry, 22, suffered a small groin tear from his one-day debut against India in Wellington on January 31 and is likely to be sidelined until near the end of the domestic season.
"It's unfortunate for Matt and us but we carry on," said coach Gary Stead ahead of their Plunket Shield match against Central Districts starting at Rangiora tomorrow.
Henry, who was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL auction this week, may only return for the closing stages of the Wizards one-day campaign.
Canterbury (85 pts) have an 18-point advantage. In the final two rounds they meet Central both home and away. Central lies third on 63 after their last round win against Otago at Nelson.
Canterbury has made two changes to their 12 with batsmen Tom Latham (Black Caps duty) and Shanan Stewart (omitted) and replaced by bowlers Logan van Beek and Tim Johnston. Ironically Stewart scored an unbeaten 96 in his last innings against Auckland but that came being fed runs by occasional bowlers.
Pace man van Beek returns after missing the last match with an injury niggle Stead said while off-spinner Johnston has been included with Rangiora providing another slow bowling option if required.
Simon Keen, 12th man for the Auckland match, will open in place of Latham to minimise disruption with Rob Nicol remaining at No 5.
CANTERBURY: George Worker, Simon Keen, Dean Brownlie, Henry Nicholls, Rob Nicol, Brad Cachopa, Andrew Ellis (c), Todd Astle, Logan van Beek, Ryan McCone, Hamish Bennett, Tim Johnston.
- The Press
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