New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 19, 2013

Injured Neesham out of final T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand allrounder James Neesham has been ruled out of the second T20 against Sri Lanka to be held on November 21 in Pallekele. The injury that ruled him out was a result of a sprain he sustained on the little finger of his left hand in the third ODI in Dambulla.

Neesham had injured the finger while fielding a return hit by Nuwan Kulasekara off his own bowling. The following day, an x-ray revealed no fracture to the bone, but a subsequent ultrasound showed there was moderate damage to the tendon. If the first T20 had gone ahead, without rain intervening, then Neesham would not have played in it either, as he had been ruled out of both T20 matches.

Paul Close, the New Zealand physiotherapist, believed Neesham would need at least a month to recover. "It's important we allow Jimmy's finger sufficient time to heal in order to achieve a full recovery. We expect Jimmy to be back playing again in around four to six weeks."

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  • SamWintson92 on November 20, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    B McCullum & Taylor were needed in SL matches. Can't digest why they were sent home for test preparation. ODIs & T20Is against a strong opposition like SL are important as WCT20I 2014 & WC 2015 are round the corner.

  • corzaNZ on November 20, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Anderson and now Neesham. Hope they're not following in the foot steps of Oram and Cairns as injury prone all rounders

  • SamWintson92 on November 20, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    B McCullum & Taylor were needed in SL matches. Can't digest why they were sent home for test preparation. ODIs & T20Is against a strong opposition like SL are important as WCT20I 2014 & WC 2015 are round the corner.

  • corzaNZ on November 20, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Anderson and now Neesham. Hope they're not following in the foot steps of Oram and Cairns as injury prone all rounders

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  • corzaNZ on November 20, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Anderson and now Neesham. Hope they're not following in the foot steps of Oram and Cairns as injury prone all rounders

  • SamWintson92 on November 20, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    B McCullum & Taylor were needed in SL matches. Can't digest why they were sent home for test preparation. ODIs & T20Is against a strong opposition like SL are important as WCT20I 2014 & WC 2015 are round the corner.