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New Zealand hit by injury scare ahead of World Cup

New Zealand hit by injury scare ahead of World Cup

New Zealand hit by injury scare ahead of World Cup

New Zealand hit by injury scare ahead of World Cup

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  • Four New Zealand players left the field due to injuries.
  • Southee and Lister are part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad.
  • New Zealand is already worried about the return of Kane Williamson.

The fourth ODI between England and New Zealand at Lord’s witnessed a concerning situation with four New Zealand players leaving the field due to injuries.

Less than a month before the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, New Zealand faced a series of injury setbacks on September 15th at Lord’s.

Daryl Mitchell, after taking a brilliant catch in the slip cordon to dismiss Jonny Bairstow, had to leave the field due to a ring finger injury. Fortunately, he later returned to the field, even bowling for his team. However, more injury worries awaited the Blackcaps.

Opener Finn Allen was the next casualty. While attempting a challenging catch off Joe Root in the 12th over, he injured his finger during a one-handed attempt, leading to his departure from the field.

In the following two overs, Tim Southee dropped a catch off Ben Lister, diving with both hands but sustaining an injury to his thumb, which caused the ball to deflect to third man.

New Zealand provided an update on Tim Southee’s condition, confirming a dislocation and fractured bone in his right thumb through an x-ray. A timeline for his recovery will be determined after further assessments. Fortunately, Finn Allen was cleared of any fractures.

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New Zealand’s woes continued as Ben Lister also walked off the field with a hamstring problem after bowling six overs.

Two out of the three injured players are part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad, while Finn Allen did not make the cut.

The Kiwis are already worried about Kane Williamson’s return following a long period of inactivity. Although he has been named in the World Cup squad, the batsman is yet to make a competitive cricket comeback.

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