The cricket calendar has been hit again by COVID issues with the Australia vs New Zealand Chappell-Hadlee series postponed indefinitely.
New Zealand’s Devon Conway is “gutted” at missing the T20 World Cup final against Australia after breaking his right hand in a moment of fury after he’d been dismissed in their semi-final triumph.
The Black Caps’ joy at reaching the final will have been tempered by the freakish episode in which Conway struck his bat after getting out against England in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
New Zealand cricket chiefs said on Thursday, after an X-ray confirmed a break to Conway’s fifth metacarpal on his right hand, that the 30-year-old batter would also miss the forthcoming tour to India.
Team coach Gary Stead said that Conway was devastated by the news which will cost him a place in Sunday’s final against Australia, who won the second semi-final against Pakistan on Thursday.
“He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time,” Stead said.
“Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the Black Caps and no-one is more disappointed at the moment than he is, so we’re really trying to rally around him.
“It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done, there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.
“Devon is a great team man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him.
“He’s determined to support the team in anyway he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover.
“Due to the timelines, we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month.”