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Shehzad ruled out of NZ Tests after skull injury

ABU DHABI: Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has been ruled out of the Test match against New Zealand after he suffered a skull injury during batting in the first Test on Monday, ARY News reported.

Shehzad hit a career-best 176 before being rushed to hospital with a fractured skull as he smashed an impressive ton against New Zealand.

In the final over before lunch, Shehzad was hit on the side of the head trying to hook a short ball by New Zealand seamer Corey Anderson on the hard Abu Dhabi wicket.

Shehzad’s bat struck the stumps for a hit-wicket dismissal and the dazed batsman fell to the ground before walking off.

Shehzad was later rushed to a hospital where scans showed he had a minor skull fracture and will be kept under observation for the next 48 hours.

Doctors have now advised Shahzad rest for six weeks before getting into action again.

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