Thumb Fracture Sidelines Williamson

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson is returning home after fracturing his thumb
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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour of Bangladesh and the Sri Lanka tour that follows due to a fractured thumb.

Williamson was hit while fielding in the first One-Day International, and was unable to bat after the fracture was confirmed.

The blow from the ball immediately dislocated his left thumb and a small fracture was identified at hospital.

"This kind of injury unfortunately means Kane cannot take part in the rest of the tour and he'll return to New Zealand to begin his rehabilitation - Kane is about six weeks away from playing again at this stage," said New Zealand physiotherapist Paul Close.

Luke Ronchi, who was due to be part of the squad to tour Sri Lanka, will join up with the Black Caps in Bangladesh ahead of the final two ODIs and Twenty20 International.

New Zealand will name a replacement player for the Sri Lanka tour, which begins on 10th November in due course.

Bangladesh won the rain-affected opening ODI by 43 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method after Rubel Hossain took a hat-trick.

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