New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 14, 2013

Injured Corey Anderson to return home

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the Sri Lanka tour to begin rehabilitation on the rib injury which ruled him out of the second ODI in Hambantota.

Anderson underwent an MRI scan of his side on Wednesday, which ruled out any major damage. He is being flown back to New Zealand as a precautionary measure and will miss the third and final ODI on Saturday and the two T20s.

"Corey felt pain in his right side while bowling during the first ODI. Post-match assessment indicated a minor case of rib impingement," New Zealand physiotherapist Paul Close said. "We decided it's in Corey's best interest to return home and focus on making a full recovery for the series against West Indies."

New Zealand did seek any replacement for Anderson for the remaining games. New Zealand lead the three-match ODI series 1-0.

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  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Agree, Nichol has had is chances and appears to be clueless against spinners. With Vettori back hopefully this problem will be swiftly solved. Anderson and Neesham appear mature beyond their years and as all rounders they both add awesome balance to the middle order - with nurturing they are both potentially great finishers in limited overs. Whether they are both up to Tests will remain to be seen. It was impressive to see Neesham hurry up the Sri Lankans with pace last night. He is a strong young lad with accuracy and x factor we have been looking for all-rounders in the mould of Oram and Cairns and I think these guys have the consistency and grit to outperform and outlast both of these two - as long as they both stay fit.

  • jared on November 15, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Don't get me wrong i like corey and think he should be playing all forms for nz, he'd definately make my starting xi for all 3 forms but geez take a hard pill, nothing wrong with him, just a little sore, there is only one more game for goodness sake, could of played soley as a batter only, players seem to be so soft these days, made of sugar and would disolve in a steady rain, so frustrating with all the actual injuries we've had that a guy can pull a sicky for being a little tender under the ribs, couldn't imagine a south african player flying home for that, these boys need to steel up a bit, its international cricket not chess.

  • stewey on November 14, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    bummer... he looked in fine form to! All the best for a speedy recovery and the WI tour.

  • William on November 14, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    this is really disappointing because Corey was playing so well and hit form. he was one of the best across all formats on the dismal Bangladesh tour where were outplayed by a quality Bangladesh team in the odi's. Hopefully Andrew Ellis or rob nicol does not take his place as they both sub par players. Nicol is the worst of those two though.

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