England in New Zealand 2012-13 February 21, 2013

Thumb surgery puts Guptill out of series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Martin Guptill, the New Zealand batsman, has been ruled out of the remainder of the England series due to a thumb injury. Guptill needs surgery to repair the ligament damage he suffered on his left thumb earlier in the series. He will be replaced by Otago's Hamish Rutherford, who made his debut earlier this week, in the one-day squad.

Guptill has been a regular at the top of the order for several years across all formats, and his injury will further weaken an already fragile Test batting line-up in the three matches coming up against England.

He played a key role in New Zealand's win in the first one-dayer on Sunday, when he batted on one leg after a hamstring injury to help complete a narrow victory.

The New Zealand team physiotherapist, Paul Close, said that Guptill could have continued to play in the short term despite the thumb injury, but decided to push for the operation early. "We felt it was best to get Martin right for the tour to England in May and June," Close said, "so the next couple of months were seen as the best window to have the surgery."

The one-day series is tied 1-1 with the final match on Saturday. The first of the three Tests in the series starts on March 6th in Dunedin.

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  • Kevin on February 22, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Corey Anderson certainly didn't perform in SA as I hoped he would, but I still think his batting was light years ahead of some of the others like Neesham and Latham a few years ago. Hopefully he can return to that form, he looks like another Jesse Ryder type player when he's really hitting the ball well. People should also recall the start of Martin Crowes career, it took a while to take off.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    People keep mentioning C.Anderson. He showed in South Africa why he isn't close to being ready in internationals. J. Neesham is far ahead of C. Anderson in terms of being comfy at the top level.

    A full flight NZ team for me would see...

    Guptill, Watling, Williamson, Ryder, Taylor, McCullum, Brownlie, Vettori, Bracewell, Southee, and either Bolt/Wagner.

  • Robin on February 22, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Redmond is having as good a season as Fulton. Add to that a better test record than Fulton and that he has 100 FC wickets, and he should be back in the test side. Rutherford is having a great breakthrough FC season, not sure why they threw him into the 50 over stuff, he's been pretty crap in that. Redmond, Rutherford, Williamson, Taylor, McCullum, Brownlie, Watling (wkt), Bracewell, Southee, Boult, + a spinner? dunno, Vettori apart no one seems good enough for tests unless a chance is taken with Sodhi. How about Redmond and Williamson used as spinners and they try Milne, or Wagner as seamer 4

  • Dylan on February 22, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    I just hope they don't select anyone that has tried and failed. Take for example Aaron Redmond, Jamie How or Peter Fulton. We all know how it will work, play a few games and be dropped because they just couldn't deal with the demand of International cricket. It would be different if they were young, then we could say they have potential. Hamish Rutherford is a shoe-in for me, followed by Carl Cachopa. Luke Ronchi should keep wickets while BJ Watling takes the other openers slot. Should Watling and Rutherford/Cachopa perform well, then Martin Guptill will have to fight for his spot back (because quite frankly, he doesn't deserve to be in the Test team on current form). Todd Astle should be given a crack, probably because his name has a familiar ring to it. The rest of the order sorts itself out..

    1. Rutherford/Cachopa 2. Watling 3. Williamson 4. Taylor (c) 5. McCullum 6. Brownlie 7. Ronchi (wk) 8. Astle 9. Bracewell 10. Southee 11. Boult

  • joe on February 22, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    @ john foster...... um what has brownlie done wrong he dosent seem to be in ur claculations?........ anyway my test team would be Redmond,Rutherford,williamson,taylor,brownlie,mccullum,watling,n.mccullum, bracewell,southee,boult. fulton has been tried and has failed many times. Aaron Redmond got dropped after scoring 80 odd against oz and is the leading run scorer in the plunket shield. want to fit Ronchi in but cant quite work out how just yet....

  • Jon on February 22, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Brendon McCullum said on the news tonight that he's not going to open and that he doesn't want Watling to open either. With Guptill out NZ needs 2 test openers. Rutherford will be one of them, and Fulton is likely to get the other spot. I'd be tempted to try Franklin at opener - it's a leftfield option for sure, but he's got technique, temperament, and experience, plus he's a handy 4th seamer.

  • Matt on February 22, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Rutherford, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Brownlie, watling, Ronchi, Bracewell, Southee, Boult, Wagner. That's the XI for the first test if you ask me. Why pick a spinner when we don't have one good enough? It's not like we are playing in India. Williamson can bowl some part timers if we need them.

  • jared on February 22, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    I know not many people will agree with me here but the best option to open the innings in my opinion is dean brownlie, he's a genuine top order bat who the selectors decided to bat in the middle order. Brownlie is the best player in team off the back foot playing short pitched bowling, he is way more comfortable facing quick bowling than spinners which has to be a middle order players bread and butter milking spinners for singles but he really struggles with spin and swan will be all over him so let him face the quicks for as long as possible. Not going to happen but makes sense to me.

  • Ed on February 21, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Ronchi has to keep, and I think Williamson goes to open. Keep McCullum at 5 or 6. Franklin looks so down on pace, I think he should be kept for short format. What's happened to Wagner these days ?