Latham out for a month as Black Caps' injury woes deepen

By Sports Desk January 07, 2020

New Zealand opener Tom Latham suffered a fractured finger during the third Test against Australia and is set to be sidelined for four weeks.

The Black Caps' tough Test tour of Australia ended with a 3-0 series defeat amid a horror run with injuries and illness.

Latham fractured his right pinky finger during the final Test, New Zealand said in a statement on Wednesday.

It came after Matt Henry (broken thumb) was hurt in the same match, which Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner missed due to illness.

Lockie Ferguson (calf) and Trent Boult (hand) also suffered injuries during the series.

"Lockie Ferguson has returned to running and performing bowling drills. He'll continue to progress over the next couple of weeks with the potential to return to domestic cricket early next month," New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.

"Trent Boult has been resting his broken right hand and will return to bowling later this week. He'll be touch and go to be available for the Indian T20 series later this month and we'll continue to monitor him closely over the next few weeks.

"Matt Henry has had his broken left thumb splinted and will require around a month for it to fully heal. In this time he will still be able to practise bowling and will look at a return to play early next month.

"Kane, Henry and Mitch are regaining their health after being struck down with Influenza A and will continue be monitored as they slowly rebuild their strength and fitness."

New Zealand are scheduled to face India in five Twenty20s, three ODIs and two Tests beginning on January 24.

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