New Zealand v Australia, 1st Test, Wellington, 5th day March 23, 2010

Broken hand sends Tuffey for surgery


Daryl Tuffey will miss up to six weeks with a broken left hand after being struck by Mitchell Johnson on the final day of New Zealand's loss at the Basin Reserve. Tuffey will have surgery on Thursday, having fractured the fourth metacarpal, and is in doubt for the World Twenty20, which begins in the West Indies late next month.

The injury is likely to mean a reprieve for Tim Southee for the second Test against Australia in Hamilton on Saturday, when the offspinner Jeetan Patel will come into strong contention. The captain Daniel Vettori said it was a disappointing blow for Tuffey, who did not take any wickets in Wellington but would have retained his place at Seddon Park.

"He's a bit down in the dumps," Vettori said. "He wanted to finish the season on a high and play in the Test match in Hamilton and have a bit of a break building up to that Twenty20 World Cup. Now it's all a bit touch and go for him. He's a guy who has been pretty consistent for us since he's come back in to the team, he's done a really good job.

"He didn't take the wickets in this game that he would have liked but I actually think he bowled relatively well and he knows Hamilton conditions well, so he is a loss for us. Jeetan Patel, we'll look to include him if the wicket suits it. You could have logically guessed that he would have come in for Tim, but it may mean a change of thinking."

New Zealand's fast-bowling attack is already missing Kyle Mills and Andy McKay through injuries, while the allrounder Grant Elliott is also out of action. They have also recently lost the veteran fast men Shane Bond and Iain O'Brien to Test retirement.

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • Sam on March 23, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Bring on Kane Williamson. The kids had enough time to prove himself at provincial level and i think he's ready to take the step up to international level. What better team for him to get thrown in against than the aussies. They are one of the, if not the best test team in the world. It will be a valuable experience for him and things will only get easier from there. Peter Ingram has failed to shine in his 5 ODIs 3 T20s and 2 Test Matches (although he has been unlucky getting run out twice in tests). I think thats more than enough time to prove yourself and unfortunately he has failed to do so.

  • mat on March 23, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Undeserved bad luck for Tuffey - he outshone the other seamers simply through effort and solid graft. A loss to the team. NZ seem to have a tough time getting their best 11 on the park either through injuries or not supporting the most technically talented players with consistent selection. Good test sides have no problem sorting out who belongs on the field for 5 days from those with poor technique (Ingram) or mental weaknesses (Southee). Test selections based on 20/20 form is a recipe for disaster. Mills and Ryder missing hurts.

  • Conrad on March 23, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Lets face it! We need a wicket to suit our teams strengths .....a mud pie turner that if we can actually win the toss and play 3 spinners on we might have an outside chance.On a flat deck , our seamers are going to get carted , and without 130kmph gails , the Aussie quicks will still be a handfull. We also need some luck. Loosing virtually every 50/50 call against Aussie , no team would stand a chance , let alone one decimated by injury and empty fast bowling ranks. The selectors need a miracle selection. I would quite like to see Hopkins in the middle order , form and proven confidence against the Aussies is a rare commodity at the moment. Aldridge and Patel in too.

  • tezza on March 23, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    ingrams got to go,his footwork is not up to the top level bowling,thats was the most obvious fault known to man,might be ok for the likes of sehwag/herschelle gibbs etc but ingram doesnt have the same eye those two have. southees only an option when he can get the ball to move,you can see in the first few balls he bowls in every game he gets the new rock,he can move it alot. thing is he cant control it and panics.and changes grip and release for better control.sinclair can ^#%#& off,sick of nz public thinking he's 'GOOD"he scores just about the most runs domestically every year then chokes at the top level. had his shot . time to blood young guys for the future,stop all these quick fix,band aid for a bleed-out patch ups. williamson,surely has to get a go this year,id rather see trent boult play than franklin/martin/tuffey/ at least they can learn from there mistakes,not like the old dogs they keep going back too. martin is rubbish,unless the balls new he can only move it one way

  • tushar on March 23, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    drop ingram bring back sinclair. i rekon use bates or patel for tuffey. The medium bowlers didnt look very threatening against the aus batting neway. Franklin is barely upto international standards for T20's nd ODI. he isnt good enough to play tests.

  • Nikhil on March 23, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Bondy Come Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    wouldnt they bring in james franklin, need to bring in an all rounder to strengthen their batting

  • Michael on March 23, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    As if New Zealand could afford to lose another new ball bowler.... No to Bond, McKay, Gillespie, Mills, O'Brien, Adams through either injury, retirement, or in the case of Andre Adams unavailability due to sulking.

    Who's going to get called in to cover? Both Trent Boult and Graeme Aldridge have been picked for New Zealand, but never played. Nicky Wagner is a promising left-armer, as is Michael Bates, but neither of them are express.

  • Gautham on March 23, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    As if getting injured by themselves isn't enough.. oh god.. what did the Black Caps fast bowlers ever do to you!!!!

  • Jonty on March 23, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    This is a massive blow to the new zealand batting side but a repearable patch on the bowling side of things southee would of been dropped for patel anyway but not sure tuffey is a much better bowler than zealand call up for G Aldridge K williamson M sinclair or J Marshall on the cards

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