He was in fine form for the one-day series against England, hitting two half centuries. NZC said he felt some discomfort while playing and scans showed a "bone defect" had deteriorated and needed surgery. "Mitchell is a key player in all three formats for us, so we'll certainly miss him in the upcoming series," coach Mike Hesson said. "It's important though that he gets this fixed and we have him back for what is a big next 18 months for us." There was some good news for New Zealand, with wicketkeeper BJ Watling returning from a hip injury.
ICYMI: New Zealand allrounder Mitchell Santner faces up to nine months on the sidelines due to right knee problemhttps://t.co/soaYNkruPX— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 14, 2018