Cricket: New Zealand’s Nicholls to have concussion checks earlier than resuming

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls will bear concussion checks earlier than returning to the crease at Bay Oval on Saturday after he was struck by a Jofra Archer bouncer shortly earlier than stumps on the second day of the primary check in opposition to England.

Nicholls was instantly checked by medical workers when he was struck by the primary ball of the penultimate over on Friday however stayed on the crease to information New Zealand to 144-4, a primary innings deficit of 209 runs.

England had been dismissed for 353 after lunch.

The 28-year-old, who was on 26 on the shut with BJ Watling on six, will should be checked all through Friday and earlier than play resumes on Saturday, tempo bowler Tim Southee mentioned.

“He’ll be assessed in a while tonight and once more within the morning, that is the protocol,” mentioned Southee, who sparked an England collapse within the first session and completed with figures of 4-88.

“He is shaping up all proper in the mean time so fingers crossed he’ll be proper.

“He is a fairly powerful character so he’ll relaxation up tonight, a few Panadol and be again on the market tomorrow.”

New guidelines enable gamers to get replaced if they’re dominated out of matches as a consequence of concussion. Throughout the Ashes in August Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne changed Steve Smith after he was hit by an Archer bouncer.

The hosts had been properly positioned late on the second day earlier than England’s Sam Curran dismissed captain Kane Williamson for 51, decreasing New Zealand to 127-4.

“I assume it will have been good to be three down,” Southee mentioned.

“However we have nonetheless acquired some batting to return and hopefully a few good partnerships and we are able to eke out some extra runs.”

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford)

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