The 26-year-old did not bat in either innings and bowled just five overs in the Black Caps’ tour match against Mumbai in Delhi, which finished on Sunday, after he took a blow in the nets last Thursday. 

Neesham had not featured for his country since the Test series against Australia last November as he had been struggling with a back injury and will play no part in the first Test versus Virat Kohli’s side, which starts on Thursday.

Neesham is expected to be back in contention for the second of three Tests, which gets under way next Friday. 

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