Bond suffered minor abdominal discomfort following the first Test in Dunedin. An ultra-sound scan today has indicated that he has a one-centimetre tear in an abdominal muscle.
Team manager Dave Currie said that as a precaution, Bond will be rested for the remainder of the Pakistan series. It is expected that he will fully recover in time for the international series against Bangladesh and Australia in the new year. Currie noted that in all other respects Bonds physical condition and fitness is very good, and he had come through the first Test extremely well.
A decision on a replacement for Bond is expected to be made in the next 24