Neesham sidelined again after suffering back spasm

Jimmy Neesham.
Jimmy Neesham.
Otago and Black Caps all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is hoping his latest injury scare is nothing serious.

The injury-plagued 27-year-old was all set to play for the Volts in a one-day match against Wellington at the University Oval yesterday.

He was just heading out for some batting practice before play started. The hard-hitting left-hander bent down to pick up his gloves and suffered a back spasm.

The spasm did not last long but his back was stiff, so it was decided he should miss the match.

''It wasn't ideal, obviously,'' Neesham said.

''But hopefully it is not a long-term thing because I'm hoping to play on Sunday.''

The Volts play Central Districts in New Plymouth this weekend.

''There is stiffness and soreness, so it is just a case of restricted movement and trying to stay moving as much as I can. Hopefully it eases up over the next couple of days.''

Neesham said the spasm was like a ''one-off sniper shot''.

''I suppose the silver lining is it didn't happen while I was bowling, so it is not a bowling loading issue. It was just one of those freak things that came out of nowhere.''

The right-armer has a history of back complaints. He picked up a stress fracture in his back in 2015 and has missed a lot of cricket in 2017.

The injury interruptions have made it hard for Neesham to maintain his form and he has dropped down the national pecking order.

He has played 12 tests, 41 ODIs and 15 twenty20 matches for his country and, while his skills are in hot demand on the twenty20 circuit, he remains committed to New Zealand Cricket and adding to his international record.

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