New Zealand all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme, has been ruled out for at least eight weeks due to ankle injury. The 34-year old will undergo surgery on his ankle to fully recover from chronic flare-ups.
Since the start of 2020 season, De Grandhomme was struggling with ankle issues and was only playing as a specialist batsman for Northern Districts. New Zealand Cricket’s Medical Manager, Dayle Shackel said that De Grandhomme was in excruciating pain through this period. After undergoing surgery, Colin de Grandhomme will go through rehabilitation process. After completing eight weeks of rest, he will return to practice and looking to build stamina in order to make a comeback for New Zealand at the international stage.
With this ankle injury, Colin de Grandhomme will not be available for the New Zealand’s tour of England in July. He has been effectively ruled out of the World Test Championship final that will be played between New Zealand and India in England in the month of June this year.
New Zealand Head Coach, Gary Stead said that the New Zealand have shown incredible consistency and earned a lot of success across all three formats. He further stated that De Grandhomme remains part of New Zealand plans for white-ball cricket and the medical staff will be carefully seeing his progress after undergoing ankle injury.
With his ability to hit the ball a long way and picking wickets at crucial stages, Colin de Grandhomme seems to New Zealand’s premier all-rounder in white-ball cricket. It will be interesting to see whether Colin de Grandhomme gets fit in time for the upcoming Test series against England.
New Zealand is scheduled to tour England to play two-match Test series, starting from 2nd June at Lords Cricket Ground. The final of World Test Championship will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton from 18th June.