More Injury Woe For New Zealand As Tuffey Ruled Out
New Zealand's preparations for the second One-Day International against India and the rest of the series have been hit with the news that experienced fast bowler Daryl Tuffey is to return home due to injury.
Tuffey, a veteran of 94 ODIs, strained a bicep during his side's 40-run defeat in the opening game of the five-match series and will play no further part in the contest.
The blow comes after senior players Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum missed the game in Guwahati with back injuries although New Zealand Cricket (NZC) are hopeful that both will recover in time for the second game in Jaipur on Wednesday (1st December).
“Daryl developed some discomfort in his right bicep when playing but was able to manage it during the match," selector Mark Greatbatch explained.
“It’s appears to be OK when he bowls but he’s unable to throw without pain so he will return to New Zealand to for further assessment and treatment.
“At this stage, a replacement player will not be added to the BLACKCAPS squad but we may call in some cover for the last few matches.
“We are hopeful that both Dan and Brendon will be available for the next match. Dan is more likely at this stage but we are monitoring both on a day-by-day basis,
“A decision on the final line-up not expected until shortly before the match.”
During the course of the tour, which also included three Test matches, New Zealand also lost the services of fast bowler Hamish Bennett and aggressive batsman Jesse Ryder due to injuries.
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