Black Caps fast bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the third test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.

A scan today showed Southee to have suffered a grade-one tear of his left hamstring.

The 28-year-old felt discomfort following the second test in Wellington and as a precautionary measure, was sent for a scan.

While only a minor tear, he will not be fit for the upcoming match, beginning Saturday.

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No replacement will be added to the current squad.