New Zealand have suffered another blow ahead of the second Test with fast bowler Doug Bracewell ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Bracewell did not fly with the Black Caps to Christchurch with his teammates today after experiencing pain in his right shoulder following New Zealand's innings and 52-run loss to Australia in Wellington.
Subsequent scans revealed a strain to the rotator cuff muscle in his bowling shoulder.
"Doug has been a consistent performer for us this summer and put a lot of work into his game, so to miss out on the final Test against Australia is very disappointing for him and us," Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said.
"He’ll be given time to recover and we’ll work with him to get him back training as quickly as possible."
One of left-armer Neil Wagner or rapid paceman Matt Henry will likely replace Bracewell for the must-win match at Hagley Oval, starting Saturday.
Batsman Ross Taylor (side) and spinning allrounder Mitchell Santner (foot) were ruled out of the second Test on Monday after failing to overcome their respective injuries.
"Everyone wants to play against Australia, so both guys are understandably disappointed to be missing out," said Hesson on Monday.
"The players and the medical staff worked hard to be available for the match, but in the end ran out of time.
"Ross is back hitting balls again and is targeting a return in the Island of Origin match before we head away to the ICC World Twenty20."
Bracewell was at the centre of the 'non no-ball' call late on day one at The Basin Reserve.
After bowling Australian No.5 Adam Voges, who failed to offer a shot, the Black Caps quick was incorrectly called for a no-ball by umpire Richard Illingworth.
The howler proved costly, as Voges cashed in on his good fortune to add a further 232 runs and finish with 239 in Australia's crushing first innings score of 562.
Bracewell finished with figures of 2-127 from 33 overs.
International Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad said Illingworth was "distraught" following the incorrect decision.
"Unfortunately Richard was distraught afterwards when he realised that it wasn’t a no-ball," Broad told News Corp.
"I think when anyone is proved wrong in any decision that they make it’s clearly embarrassing at the time.
"The problem is that when an umpire calls a no-ball, you can’t change that decision because under the laws a batsman may change his shot when the no-ball is called. It was called – that’s the end of the matter."
Australia have their own injury concerns, with seamer Peter Siddle in a race against time to prove his fitness for the Christchurch clash.
Siddle suffered back spasms on during the first Test, and did not bowl on day four as Australia chased the six wickets they required for victory.
Bupa Support Team Head Coach Darren Lehmann says the Victorian has to be fully fit to retain his place in the XI.
"We'll wait and see how he pulls up in the next couple of days," Lehmann said.
"He'd have to bowl pretty well in the days leading up.
"He'll have to recover pretty quickly but we'll just wait and see.
"If he's not a hundred per cent, he won't play - that's what we do."
Express fast bowler James Pattinson, who narrowly missed selection in the first Test after recovering from shin soreness, is tipped to replace Siddle should he fail to be fit.
"He is pretty close (to being ready for Test cricket) - as long as he gets through the main training session," Lehmann said.