New Zealand paceman Tim Southee faces a race in opposition to time to be match for the World Cup after dislocating and fracturing a bone in his proper thumb on Friday.
Lower than three weeks earlier than the beginning of the World Cup in India, Southee suffered the damage whereas dropping a catch off England’s Joe Root within the remaining one-day worldwide of the four-match sequence.
Root, who was on eight on the time, edged Ben Lister to Southee within the slips.
He instantly in ache and left the sphere to go for a scan, failing to return.
“An X-ray has confirmed that Tim Southee dislocated and fractured a bone in his proper thumb whereas making an attempt to take a catch within the 14th over of the primary innings,” stated a New Zealand workforce spokesman.
“A timeline for his restoration will likely be established tomorrow when he undergoes additional evaluation.”
New Zealand start their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to defending champions England in Ahmedabad within the opening recreation of the event on October 5.
Southee, 34, named this week in an skilled New Zealand squad for the event, had taken 214 wickets in 156 ODIs earlier than Friday’s match at Lord’s.
He bowled 4 overs for 29 runs on Friday as England scored 311-9 of their 50 overs.
New Zealand captain Tom Latham, talking after England received the match by 100 runs to take the sequence 3-1, described Southee as a “resilient character”.
“He is a large chief among the many group and he’ll be assessed over the approaching days after we get again house to see how unhealthy it’s,” he stated.
“Fortunately we do have just a little little bit of time main into these first couple of video games so we’ll know just a little bit extra over the approaching days.
“He is a reasonably resilient character so I am certain he’ll be doing all he can to be on the aircraft prepared for that first recreation.”
Seamer Lister suffered a hamstring pressure, although he was capable of bat.
Latham stated he would know extra as soon as the bowler had a scan.
“Fingers crossed it is not too unhealthy for him as nicely,” he stated.