New Zealand fast bowler Daryl Tuffey has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia after breaking a hand on the final day of the opening game in Wellington.
During his unbeaten innings of 47 he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson delivery and after New Zealand failed to save the game, Australia winning by ten wickets, he underwent an x-ray, which showed a broken metacarpal bone in his right hand.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have confirmed that he is to undergo an operation on Thursday and a replacement in the squad will be named on Wednesday (24th March).
The news has also hit Yorkshire, who have declared that they are now searching for what is effectively a replacement replacement overseas fast bowler for the start of the 2010 domestic season.
Tuffey was due to cover for Ryan Harris until he ends his stint in the Indian Premier League in late April.
"Given the close proximity of the new domestic season and a hectic international fixture schedule that search for an overseas bowler is going to be a tough one," a club statement posted on their website (www.yorkshireccc.com) said.
He became the second New Zealand international to suffer a hand injury during the Test although batsman Neil Broom broke his thumb while fielding in a Plunket Shield match for Otago against Northern Districts in Whangerai.
Fielding close, he was hit by a ball which dislocated and broke his thumb, ending his season prematurely.
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