New Zealand’s bowler Lockie Ferguson ruled out on Sunday of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka.
The bowler, Lockie Ferguson fractured his thumb during the training session and therefore been ruled out from the series. Gary Stead the Kiwi coach said that Ferguson suffered the injury while bowling during a practice session on Saturday at Pallekele Cricket Stadium and now ruled out of T20 series.
-Kiwi’s Gary Stead Statement-
“It’s a shame Lockie misses this series, especially after such an impressive World Cup campaign in England. The thumb placed in a splint and expected to take four to six weeks to recover; so we’re optimistic that it will be available for the five-game T20 series against England.
“We will not name a replacement at this stage, as we are confident of having adequate coverage within the T20 team that is here,” Gary added.
He suffered the injury while placing a ball during a practice session on Saturday at Pallekele Cricket Stadium.
The player then underwent an X-ray and revealed a small fracture in the middle joint and will now return to New Zealand.
New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series on Sunday.
Ross Taylor helped the Kiwis while playing a 48-stroke shot with just 29 balls.
In the same match, Sri Lanka’s pacemaker Lasith Malinga became the best wicket-taking player in T20Is as broke the previously held record of Shahid Afridi of Pakistan. Shahid Afridi had 98 wickets in the format while Malinga claimed 99-wickets to his name now.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka will close horns on the second T20I on 3 September 2019.