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Jos Buttler injury doubt for second New Zealand Test

The England wicketkeeper-batsman sustained a back injury in the gym and could be replaced by Ollie Pope in Hamilton

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Jos Buttler injury doubt for second New Zealand Test

Jos Buttler is an injury doubt for the second Test against New Zealand

Jos Buttler is a doubt for England's second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton after sustaining a back injury.

The wicketkeeper-batsman experienced pain in the gym prior to training and will be assessed ahead of the start of the match at 10pm on Thursday evening (UK).

Buttler, 29, would be replaced as wicketkeeper by Surrey's Ollie Pope, who played as a specialist batsman during the first Test defeat in Mount Maunganui.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, captain Joe Root said: “Jos has tweaked his back in the gym. We’ll have to find out a little bit more information on that throughout today and tomorrow and see where he’s at.”

Root also confirmed he will take a final look at the pitch ahead of the toss before deciding on the team as England look to draw the two-match series.

He added: "There's a number of different combinations we could go with and I think a lot of that will rely on the surface. Trying to find the best combination which would take 20 wickets and then balancing that in terms of getting the batting where we want it to be. It could be an allrounder, we'll see."

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