New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 30, 2013

Injured Williamson out of Sri Lanka tour

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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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  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 30, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Kane's absence is a big blow for kiwis. He is the best batsman for spin & ideal for Sub- continent tour. His part time golden arm bowling will also miss. Where is Guptill ? He is out of the team or injured ? Taylor still not at its best he is a senior player and former captain and he is also out. In this stage great but very tough opportunity for youngsters. SL pitches are like alien conditions for young players. Elliot shows some resilience he must be in the squad. Southee is not highlighted but IMO he is a world class bowler in every format. But Winning is very tough but they challenge their opponent. Except of Mahela, Herath & Sanga SL team is still not reliable. Opportunities for Mendis to confuse NZ batsmen and NZ spinners. Fulton (C), Rutherford, AJ Redmond, Ryder, Anderson,Elliot,Watling, Southee, Bruce Martin, Boult, Sodhi.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton 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.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh 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.

  • POSTED BY jplterrors 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.

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY Joamiq 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.

  • POSTED BY QTS_ 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.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton 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.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 30, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Kane's absence is a big blow for kiwis. He is the best batsman for spin & ideal for Sub- continent tour. His part time golden arm bowling will also miss. Where is Guptill ? He is out of the team or injured ? Taylor still not at its best he is a senior player and former captain and he is also out. In this stage great but very tough opportunity for youngsters. SL pitches are like alien conditions for young players. Elliot shows some resilience he must be in the squad. Southee is not highlighted but IMO he is a world class bowler in every format. But Winning is very tough but they challenge their opponent. Except of Mahela, Herath & Sanga SL team is still not reliable. Opportunities for Mendis to confuse NZ batsmen and NZ spinners. Fulton (C), Rutherford, AJ Redmond, Ryder, Anderson,Elliot,Watling, Southee, Bruce Martin, Boult, Sodhi.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton 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.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh 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.

  • POSTED BY jplterrors 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.

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY Joamiq 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.

  • POSTED BY QTS_ 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.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton 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.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh 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.

  • POSTED BY pt_pt on | October 30, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Hope Williamson will be back for the first test against the WI, which is about 5 weeks away. It will now give someone else a chance to shine in SL.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    get well soon kane... You are really important for the kiwis.. from Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | October 30, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Lanka is really lucky. Kane is a quality player.

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | October 30, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    This nz team won series against saf and england recently. We gottavadmit bangladesh is much better and underrated team, they won without even shakib

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    It is a good opportunity for Sri Lankan selectors to leave out Mahela, Sanga ,Dilshan and Herath (one of them for each match) and include some up and coming youngsters.New Zealand are without Maclum,Taylor and Williamson.Even Mathews and Chandimal are not up to the standard

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 30, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Don't know how many ODIs we will be playing in Sri Lanka, but it will be 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, whatever. This will be basically the 2010 tour of Bangladesh all over again, sending no names to their deaths.

  • POSTED BY ziggy500 on | October 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    BD fan here. Don't get why everyones taking a swing at the black caps, even their own supporters. A decent side in my opinion, barring the extremely over-rated rutherford and the fact that they have a couple of key batsmen missing. Have to agree with @kiwicricketnut, the side NZ is sending can send the wrong and unintended message of disrespect to the SL cricket board. To be honest, that squad will most probably be pulverised by the Lankans with no experience in the batting, so they should consider at least keeping Taylor, or bringing back Ryder. And with Mccullum, he should be dropped in the test side no doubt, but i reckon he could mix it up in ODI's and replace Rutherford at the top, to partner Guptill when he is back, with Ryder, Taylor and Williamson all following down the order. i'd certainly fear that top order. Question for NZ fans, is Boult a specialist test bowler or is he being given a rest, because of what i've seen of him, he is one for the future and should be bowling.

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | October 30, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Overrated player! 2 out of 3 centuries were against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Kohli is much much better.

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | October 30, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    new minnow new zealand clearly will miss taylor, maccullum and williamson.

  • POSTED BY scatterbrain on | October 30, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Williamson would be missed !!!

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | October 30, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Seriously kiwicricketnut, the NZ cricket brand is going to be seriously damaged? You have to have a reputation before you can damage it. No one knows our players anyway, its a team of nobodies incapable of beating the Netherlands on current form. I think the Dutch would probably beat us wearing clogs!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    yes match still in progress one day to go he made 117

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | October 30, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    No williamson, no taylor, no mccullum, no guptill, no ryder, should we just put up the white flag now, we wont have one world class batter on that tour, will srilanka even want us there with a team like that, srilanka are a great team, we should not be disrespecting them like this, sending over what could only be called a development team, taylor and mccullum better pour on the runs back home in first class and the tests against the windies, because i think the nz cricket brand is going to be badly damaged by this and could be an egg on face moment, what happens if these guys fail at first class level are they still certain picks for the tests, probably taylor but mccullum?

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | October 30, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Is it possible to call Jessi Ryder in place of Kane Williamson? I read somewhere that JR recently scored a century in domestic cricket. Hope to see Williamson back in action soon.

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | October 30, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Is it possible to call Jessi Ryder in place of Kane Williamson? I read somewhere that JR recently scored a century in domestic cricket. Hope to see Williamson back in action soon.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | October 30, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    No williamson, no taylor, no mccullum, no guptill, no ryder, should we just put up the white flag now, we wont have one world class batter on that tour, will srilanka even want us there with a team like that, srilanka are a great team, we should not be disrespecting them like this, sending over what could only be called a development team, taylor and mccullum better pour on the runs back home in first class and the tests against the windies, because i think the nz cricket brand is going to be badly damaged by this and could be an egg on face moment, what happens if these guys fail at first class level are they still certain picks for the tests, probably taylor but mccullum?

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    yes match still in progress one day to go he made 117

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | October 30, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Seriously kiwicricketnut, the NZ cricket brand is going to be seriously damaged? You have to have a reputation before you can damage it. No one knows our players anyway, its a team of nobodies incapable of beating the Netherlands on current form. I think the Dutch would probably beat us wearing clogs!!

  • POSTED BY scatterbrain on | October 30, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Williamson would be missed !!!

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | October 30, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    new minnow new zealand clearly will miss taylor, maccullum and williamson.

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | October 30, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Overrated player! 2 out of 3 centuries were against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Kohli is much much better.

  • POSTED BY ziggy500 on | October 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    BD fan here. Don't get why everyones taking a swing at the black caps, even their own supporters. A decent side in my opinion, barring the extremely over-rated rutherford and the fact that they have a couple of key batsmen missing. Have to agree with @kiwicricketnut, the side NZ is sending can send the wrong and unintended message of disrespect to the SL cricket board. To be honest, that squad will most probably be pulverised by the Lankans with no experience in the batting, so they should consider at least keeping Taylor, or bringing back Ryder. And with Mccullum, he should be dropped in the test side no doubt, but i reckon he could mix it up in ODI's and replace Rutherford at the top, to partner Guptill when he is back, with Ryder, Taylor and Williamson all following down the order. i'd certainly fear that top order. Question for NZ fans, is Boult a specialist test bowler or is he being given a rest, because of what i've seen of him, he is one for the future and should be bowling.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 30, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Don't know how many ODIs we will be playing in Sri Lanka, but it will be 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, whatever. This will be basically the 2010 tour of Bangladesh all over again, sending no names to their deaths.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    It is a good opportunity for Sri Lankan selectors to leave out Mahela, Sanga ,Dilshan and Herath (one of them for each match) and include some up and coming youngsters.New Zealand are without Maclum,Taylor and Williamson.Even Mathews and Chandimal are not up to the standard