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Kyle Jarvis ruled out of second Sri Lanka Test


Zimbabwean pacer Kyle Jarvis has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Monday at Harare Sports Club. He has been suffering a lower back injury from the first test.

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Jarvis, who had been struggling with back pain, underwent an MRI scan on Saturday that confirmed a disc bulge which hampered his “back movements due to lower back pain, muscle spasms and stiffness”; team officials said on Sunday.

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A specialist doctor has advised Jarvis “rest while taking anti-inflammation medication and he will start physiotherapy as soon as the pain has subsided”.

Leg-spinning all-rounder Tinotenda Mutombodzi has been added in the squad for the Test match which begins on Monday.

“Apart from Jarvis missing the game due to injury, we are likely to stick with the same team, giving the middle order another chance,”

convenor of selectors David Mutendera said.

“The only addition to the squad is Mutombodzi, a good bowler whose batting ability will also be a massive boost for us.”

For Zimbabwe, opener Kevin Kasuza returned to training after having suffered a mild concussion during the first Test after being hurt in the helmet while fielding at short leg.

Sri Lanka won the first Test in Harare by 10 wickets. The second Test is going to get underway from January 27 at the same venue.

Squad: Sean Williams (c), Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine, Kevin Kasuza, Timycen Maruma, Prince Masvaure, Brian Mudzinganyama, Carl Mumba, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ainsley Ndlovu, Victor Nyauchi, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Charlton Tshuma.


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