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Santner ruled out of cricket for nine months

New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santer faces up to nine months on the sidelines after the right knee problem he has carried for part of this season worsened to require surgery.

It means he will miss the Test series against England, the IPL with Chennai Super Kings and his county stint with Derbyshire. Santner produced career-best form with the bat in the one-day series but has been troubled by his knee issue for much of the season.

He was forced to sit out the record-breaking T20 against Australia at Eden Park in February and scans showed a bone defect. At times during the one-day series, especially on practice days, he has looked in discomfort but managed to play all five games – although he bowled just two overs in Wellington – and scored 216 runs including two half-centuries at No. 6, twice bettering his previous high scores.

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Santner had been included for the two-day pink-ball match against England in Hamilton starting on Wednesday before the seriousness of the injury became clear.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said: “On a personal level everyone feels for Mitchell. He’s a popular guy in the changing room and he’s well respected for the work he puts in for the side.”

The coach added: “Mitchell is a key player in all three formats for us, so we’ll certainly miss him in the upcoming series. It’s important though that he gets this fixed and we have him back for what is a big next 18 months for us.”

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