New Zealander Devon Conway has been barred from Sunday’s 2021 T20 World Cup final against Australia, coach Gary Stead confirmed on Thursday.
Conway sustained the injury during his pivotal 46 shot in the Kiwi semi-final, where they ultimately prevailed over England by five wickets. Conway recovered from his injury after hitting his bat following his firing.
Stead confirmed that an X-ray on Thursday confirmed a “rupture in the right fifth metacarpal.”
“He’s absolutely gutted to be excluded like this right now. Devon is very passionate about playing for the Blackcaps and at the moment no one is more disappointed than him, so we’re really trying to huddle around him, ”Stead added.
“It looked like a rather harmless reactionary crash on the pitch, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing it did, there is definitely an element of bad luck in the injury.”
New Zealand had previously lost striker Lockie Ferguson to injury, as a result of which Adam Milne – the only reserve – was drafted into the main squad. Kane Williamson’s men will now move into their T20 World Cup final with 14 players available for selection with either Tim Seifert or Glenn Phillips expected to take over from Conway.