Young up for Test cricket cameo as McCullum battles stomach bug

Posted By: Staff

Galle (Sri Lanka), Aug 21(ANI): Following a spell of food poisoning sweeping through the New Zealand cricket team, Auckland wicketkeeper Reece Young is up for a Test cricket cameo.

A stomach bug has hit regular wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and reserve keeper Jesse Ryder, while up to seven other squad members have also been affected.

Since Young was not part of the initial squad, New Zealand had to ask Sri Lanka for permission to field him, which the Sri Lankan team has allowed.

Young will deputise for McCullum when New Zealand's first innings ends on the fourth day of the first test here at Galle International Stadium, reports.

Young is yet to play on tour but he boasts experience of 85 first-class matches.

New Zealand team medical staff have been busy administering antibiotics and keeping the players hydrated, while team manager Dave Currie said that they will hold an investigation into the issue.

Currie further hopes that McCullum and Ryder would recover in time to bat in New Zealand's second innings. (ANI)

Story first published: Friday, August 21, 2009, 15:43 [IST]
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