9 Oct 2008

Chris Martin out of Bangladesh Test series

8:08 am on 9 October 2008

The opening bowler Chris Martin has been ruled out of the New Zealand cricketers' upcoming two-Test series in Bangladesh and his place will be taken by Mark Gillespie.

Selector Dion Nash says although Martin is pain-free and making good progress with his hamstring and lower back injury, he's lost some condition in recent weeks.

Nash says with such a big season ahead Martin's better at home working on his fitness and strength and preparing himself for the two-Test series against Australia next month.

Gillespie is already in Bangladesh with the one-day squad.