New Zealand news March 18, 2016

Beamer fractures Mark Craig's hand

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The injury is likely to keep Mark Craig completely out of action for at least six weeks © Getty Images

New Zealand offspinner Mark Craig has fractured his right hand during Otago's Plunket Shield match against Auckland in Dunedin. He picked up the injury when he was hit by a beamer from seamer Lachie Ferguson while batting in Otago's chase. The injury forced Craig off the field, and is likely to put him completely out of action for at least six weeks.

"It hit his top hand on the full," Otago coach Nathan King said after the game. "He contemplated carrying on, but he then realised his hand was pretty sore and stiffening up. By the time he came off the field he couldn't even hold onto his bat anymore."

Craig, one of New Zealand's preferred long-format spinners, had played in their previous Test series against Australia at home in February. His hand will be in a cast for six weeks, reported, before he begins rehabilitation work on the hand in a bid to be back to full fitness in time for New Zealand's tour to South Africa in August.

Batting at No. 7, Craig was on zero when the incident occurred, with Otago on 92 for 5. They went on to lose the game by 10 runs, chasing 218.

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  • Beau on March 21, 2016, 7:15 GMT


    How many Test ten-fors have you got?

  •   Tony McQuarters on March 20, 2016, 2:35 GMT

    having a hand injury won't make any difference to his was already woeful!..He's not a spin bowlers backside!!

  • John on March 19, 2016, 16:41 GMT

    Tough blow. I love the fact Ish is on a glide path now to make the test side, especially in India, and that MS is on a similar track to be a legitimate all-rounder but I still think there is a place for Craig in the test side in the SC. He can bat, is a great fielder and lets face it, you don't have to be a "good" spinner to be a "good spinner" in IND. October isn't far away. I'd like to see this team in IND for the tests: Guptill, Latham, Williamson, Taylor, Nicholls, Anderson, Santner, Watling, Craig, Sodhi, Wagner. You don't need a 3rd seamer when their only job is to de-shine the ball. There is a lot of batting in that side too with no pace to worry about. If Neesham were ever fit and playing rather than tweeting maybe he could sub in for Nicholls and give the team a 3rd seamer. I keep hearing what a great player of spin Nicholls is though so this tour would give him a chance to prove it. I don't know if we can beat IND in real cricket over there but we can do better than SA did.

  • Tom on March 19, 2016, 9:22 GMT

    should only play as an allrounder or second spinner from now on.

  • Yasein on March 19, 2016, 5:34 GMT

    Blessing in disguise? I think Mark Craig should give up bowling and become a solid batsman. This injury might also allow Ish Sohdi to get some more test exposure

  • blahblah1234567_9F5B2346-4AB1-446E-A1A0-77E2268CE43B on March 18, 2016, 13:09 GMT

    Exactly what i thought --> STRATOCASTER

  • Ryan on March 18, 2016, 12:41 GMT

    In a game lost by 10 runs, that's quite poor sportsmanship (even though accidental) to lose a batsman through a beamer.

  • Stratocaster on March 18, 2016, 10:59 GMT

    @Hamanar I would love to have another Mark Richardson. Even without the humour.

  • Hamish on March 18, 2016, 9:30 GMT

    Been done before - Mark Richardson.

  • Stratocaster on March 18, 2016, 8:04 GMT

    Must be hard time. With Sodhi, Santner picking up form and him likely to be out of action for 6 weeks. With an average of over 40 can he be an opener?

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