New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 30, 2013

Injured Williamson out of Sri Lanka tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series in Bangladesh and the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka because of a fractured thumb. Williamson will return to New Zealand today and Luke Ronchi will join the squad as a replacement for the remaining Bangladesh ODIs.

The injury, which will require up to six weeks recovery time, makes him doubtful for the opening Test against West Indies, in Dunedin, which begins on December 3.

In the absence of Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, Williamson was supposed to lead New Zealand in the three ODIs and two Twenty20s in Sri Lanka. New Zealand's selectors are yet to announce the replacement captain and player for that tour.

Williamson was struck on the thumb while fielding at point in the 35th over of Bangladesh's innings in the first ODI in Mirpur and immediately left the field. His left thumb was dislocated and an x-ray confirmed a small fracture.

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

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  • Manoj on November 3, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @shane-oh: Your are spot on mate. For developing players, tours like of Ind, SL and Pak are pretty dangerous. Now, it seems even Ban is dangerous for developing NZ players. Better try Zim or Ken.

  • Shane on October 31, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @regofpicton - I agree with you overall. McCullum is giving NZC an uncomfortable dilemma with his lack of test runs, and it all comes back to the fact that they will never admit giving him the captaincy was a bad idea. As I have said on here before, I am a big fan of the man in general, but his place in the test team should surely be in serious doubt right now.

    The series in Sri Lanka, missing probably our 3 best (limited overs) batsmen, and possibly four depending on the Guptill situation, has the potential to be extremely embarrassing. With the dearth of quality international games we get to play as it is, I don't see how resting players right now is really justified. Tours of Sri Lanka are hardly ideal for 'developing' players.

  • josh on October 31, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Bad news 4 Nz losing the best #3 in world cricket to injury but from the huge talent pool available someone else will step up.

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    He has been a good young non-opening top order batsman that has seen many come and go.. He is developing into one of our best Test Batsman. It will be sad to see him have a go but an Injury can't be helped!

    4-6 batters will have to step up in his absence!

  • Wamiq on October 31, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    I have to agree with Muhammad - I think the NZ team has some strength, so don't get too down Kiwi friends. Williamson is a big loss but you have a number of guys in the lineup who can step up to fill his shoes. It hasn't been the best series for NZ so far, but on the other hand some NZ players have had good performances in Bangladesh and hopefully they will develop going forward. Bangladesh has developed a pretty competitive batting lineup too, so it's no surprise that these teams seem so evenly matched. I think this has been a very enjoyable and entertaining series and I hope these teams play more often in the future - it's good experience for both sides.

  • Subterraneo on October 31, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Ironically, the shot that hit Williamson's hand went to the boundary for four and Williamson's effort to stop the ball was unnecessary in hindsight.

  • Reg on October 30, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    I half-agree with Shane - O. in that the decision to remove Taylor & McCullumn from the Sri Lankan leg of the tour does indeed look dangerous. But I differ from him in that I thought it looked dangerous from the very first. If it had some genuine purpose it might be supportable, but I just don't see it that way. Even his strongest supporters (I use the plural here because there is still probably more than just "coach" Hesson) realise that McCullum needed the break for the sake of his test batting. But IMO the decision to withdraw Taylor was pure politics, or rather politics at its most impure, & the injury to Williamson has now exposed the stupidity of the whole charade.

    Having dug themselves such a hole i cannot see NZCricket doing anything other than digging themselves in deeper (otherwise they have to ackowledge their initial mistake). But my solution is simple: put Taylor and McCullum back in the ODI team, drop McCullum for the home tests, and bring in Ryder.

  • Anupam on October 30, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @ Muhammad Najeeb Why to shame Fella if Kane is not playing he is injured. @ Kohli fan I think Kohli don't play for Bang or NZ or SL will he ? So, comment with the topic.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    It's a shame that Williamson will miss out against our team. I don't understand why so many of you from NZ have such a low opinion on your own team ? What you have to see is BD's track record for the past ODI performances, they have gone to the finals in Asia Cup (beating SL & India), won the ODI Series vs WI, etc. Carrying the title of a weak team favors BD and puts extra pressure on the opposition and the negative comments don't help! NZ is still a good side. I hope BD wins but I also hope NZ puts up a fight and play to their full potential. Good luck to you all.

  • Shane on October 30, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @Lermy - you need a new pointless catchphrase, either that or find something in life to give you enjoyment/reason to live.

    @DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement - If NZ are a minnow, I shudder to think what that makes England and South Africa! And, by extension, India!

    @Jadejafan - why are you talking about Kohli? Irrelevant to this conversation, nobody cares!

    Overall the decision to leave out McCullum and Taylor is starting to look like a dangerous one.