New Zealand batsman Dean Brownlie is likely to miss the rest of the limited-overs matches against Zimbabwe with a fractured finger. The 27 year-old made his debut in the first match of the series in Dunedin, but injured his hand while fielding in the second match.
New Zealand physio, Paul Close, outlined the nature of Brownlie’s injury, saying, “Dean complained of soreness, with the hand becoming more painful and swollen today. An x-ray this evening confirmed a fracture.”
Of his recovery period, he added, "He is expected to miss the remainder of the Zimbabwe series but it's a bit early to tell how long he will be out. His return to cricket will be based on how quickly the fracture heals and we should have clearer idea of the timeframe and best course of treatment after he meets with the orthopaedic surgeon tomorrow."
The Black Caps have not named a replacement for Brownlie at this stage.
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