Williamson has fractured left thumb; Blundell referred to as in as cowl

Kane Williamson has suffered an “undisplaced fracture” to his left thumb, New Zealand Cricket stated on Saturday, a day after Williamson’s left hand was hit by a throw whereas he was finishing a run within the sport towards Bangladesh in Chennai.

An X-ray confirmed the damage, with NZC saying Williamson will stay with the squad “with the aim of being available for the back end of pool play next month”. Wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell shall be flown in to India as cowl, though he won’t be formally a part of the squad as of now.

“Firstly, we’re all feeling for Kane to have this occur after all his hard work to return from his knee injury,” head coach Gary Stead stated. “While it’s disappointing news, the initial diagnosis has given us some optimism he can still feature later in the pool play following a period of rest and rehabilitation.

“Kane is clearly a large a part of our facet, and a world-class participant and captain – so we’ll look to provide him each alternative we are able to to return within the match.”

Williamson’s thumb and wrist were initially bandaged by the physio just after he was hit at the start of the 38th over of New Zealand’s chase against Bangladesh. But then he retired hurt in the 39th over with New Zealand not far from their target, which they achieved with 43 balls remaining for an eight-wicket win – their third in a row at the World Cup.

The game against Bangladesh was Williamson’s return to international action after suffering an ACL tear during the IPL opener in late March this year. He was away from cricket for close to six months, and only returned to action in the two warm-up games ahead of the World Cup, where he scored 54* and 37 against Pakistan and South Africa, respectively.

Williamson was included in New Zealand’s World Cup squad despite still being in the recovery stage. He had earlier travelled and trained with the side in England in the lead-up to the World Cup.

“[It needed] a bit of little bit of icing afterwards, but it surely’s all a part of the method,” Williamson had said after his half-century in the warm-up against Pakistan. “Yeah, it [playing the World Cup] wasn’t a actuality definitely 5 months in the past and [I’ve] been fairly lucky with a few of that restoration, and to be named within the squad is basically thrilling for me… It was good to do this right this moment.”

Despite Williamson having missed New Zealand’s first two matches of the World Cup – towards England and Netherlands – New Zealand went on to win each video games convincingly below the management of Tom Latham. New Zealand subsequent play Afghanistan – additionally in Chennai – on October 18, with Latham prone to stand in as captain once more.

Source web site: www.espncricinfo.com

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