Posted: Saturday 7th June 2014 at 23:12 pm

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson out of first Test with the West Indies

f8b2240x mg coreyandersonzhwz0nuuo70z171673sdsm8co New Zealand all rounder Corey Anderson out of first Test with the West Indies

The first of three Tests gets under way in Jamaica on Sunday, with the hosts out to make a positive start under new captain Denesh Ramdin.

Anderson will have been confident heading into the series after impressing in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians.

The powerful left-hander hit 265 runs in the competition at an average of 29.44, including a stunning 95 unbeaten to fire Mumbai into the play-offs.

His hitting power was in evidence against the Windies in January as he smashed the quickest-ever ODI century – from just 36 deliveries – in a memorable Queenstown triumph.

However, he will not take to the field in Jamaica after the Black Caps revealed on their official Twitter account: “Corey Anderson has been ruled out of tomorrow’s first Test in Jamaica with a strained neck. The starting XI will be named at the toss.”

The injury gives New Zealand coach Mike Hesson a further selection headache, with wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi and off-spinner Mark Craig hoping to make their Test debuts.

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