New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has been ruled out of next week's two Twenty20 internationals against England after failing to recover from injury.
The 28-year-old left-arm spinner, the most economical bowler in last year's ICC World Twenty20 Championships, has failed to recover from an ankle injury sustained in training last week.
His setback was swiftly followed by the news of all-rounder Scott Styris' retirement from first-class cricket, although he intends to continue playing the shorter format of the game.
Vettori had hoped to respond to treatment after assembling with the rest of New Zealand's squad in Auckland for the first of two Twenty20 internationals at Eden Park in Tuesday.
But he has now been ruled out of both Twenty20 matches and could be doubtful for the opener in the five-match one-day international series in Wellington next Saturday.
Hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum will lead the side in Vettori's absence, and off-spinner Jeetan Patel has already been called into the Twenty20 squad as cover.
The absence of Vettori, though, will hit New Zealand hard for the one-day section of the tour - particularly after losing pace spearhead Shane Bond only last week when his contract was terminated because of his links with the rebel Indian Cricket League.
Styris' decision will also come as a setback to New Zealand cricket, and he retires with a Test average of 36.04 from his 29 matches - although he remains an accomplished one-day cricketer.
"The rigours of international cricket have become increasingly demanding, and I would like to extend my career by focusing on shorter versions of the game," he explained.
"I had originally planned to retire from Test cricket at the end of the National Bank Series (against England) but decided to bring the decision forward out of fairness to the selectors and other players.
"The decision has been coming for a few months, and I have been in regular contact with the selectors in relation to this decision. I have found the niggles and injuries associated with the longer form of the game were making it difficult for me to get on to the park.
"I'm really enjoying both one-day and Twenty20 cricket and am looking forward to being heavily involved with the Black Caps on our journey to the World Cup in 2011."