New Zealand in West Indies 2012 July 1, 2012

Ross Taylor out with injured shoulder

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has been ruled out of Sunday's Twenty20 against West Indies in Florida with a shoulder injury, which is likely to keep him out of early part of the one-day series that begins on July 5 as well. Kane Williamson will lead New Zealand during the game in Taylor's absence*.

Left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira, too, has also been ruled out of the second Twenty20, after dislocating his finger during Saturday's game.

"Unfortunately, Ross sustained a grade two injury to his left AC joint during the game [on Saturday]," New Zealand physio, Paul Close, said. "It was confirmed by the x-ray and MRI scan completed at the hospital. At this stage the injury looks like it will exclude him from selection for tomorrow's match and for the first part of the ODI series."

New Zealand are yet to name a stand-in captain. The regular vice-captain, Brendon McCullum, has been rested for the limited-overs leg of the Caribbean tour.

Hira was one of two other New Zealand players injured during the game. He will fly home to New Zealand, as he is not part of the ODI squad. "Scans [on Hira's hand] showed there wasn't a fracture but the skin has split and he is required to wear a splint," Close said. "He will return to New Zealand to undergo further assessment and a period of rehabilitation."

Allrounder Jacob Oram, who jarred his left knee while fielding, will undergo a fitness test prior to Sunday's match. "Jacob has suffered a minor knee strain. At this stage the injury appears to be relatively minor but we will know more after period ice treatment and rest," Close said. "We will reassess in the morning and complete a fitness test before the match if necessary."

Taylor hurt his shoulder while attempting a catch to dismiss Kieron Pollard in the 17th over - he circled under a top-edged a pull in the fine-leg region, before falling heavily on his left shoulder. He stayed on the field for the remainder of the West Indies innings, before coming out to bat. However, he was only able to face 11 deliveries for 10 runs before retiring hurt.

This is the third time Taylor is out of action due to injury this year. He had picked up a calf injury during the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in January, following which he missed limited-overs series against Zimbabwe and South Africa. He returned for the South Africa Tests, only to suffer a broken forearm in the Wellington Test, after being hit by a Morne Morkel delivery while batting. That injury had kept him away from competitive cricket for about 20 days. New Zealand did not have any fixtures in that period, but he missed the early part of IPL 2012 for Delhi Daredevils.

* July 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT - The piece has been updated to mention Kane Williamson's appointment as New Zealand stand-in captain

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  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    We have no depth. Nobody world class. Injury prone. Lack of intelligence throughout NZ Cricket. Illustrated by the sacking of John Wright. Think it's going to be another few years of journeyman. Occasional NZ win when the other team plays badly. NZ cricket is in a sorry state.

  • Masudur on July 1, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    It is really a sorrow news for New Zealand and their supporters.

  • Abhishek on July 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Ross Taylor really a talented player. bt down on couple of occasions due to enjury..!! Kylie mills can be a gud option as a captain for kiwis for one day matches.... !!

  • Carl on July 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    A shame to see players go down like this, I am a West Indian fan and I want to see the best teams on the field for both sides. Hopefully, the Kiwis will recover soon enough, and we can all enjoy the season. A great start by the Windies, but the bowlers need to be far more disciplined from now on. Fidel Edwards should not play for the West Indies anymore, he has never been reliable, and never will be. His greatest strength, i.e. his raw pace, is rarely evident nowadays, and without this he offers little else. With so many young prospects coming through, one can only hope that the selectors don't persist with the likes of Fidel for too long. Guys like Delorn Johnson, Jason Holder and Kevin McLean need exposure now, whilst they are young and can learn about cricket at the highest level. That way, they can join Roach and Rampaul to provide the Windies with a strong pace battery for many years to come. The Windies need it, and so does world cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    anyone else baffled by Daniel Flynn being in the T20 squad? He didn't even make the Northern Districts 2020 side! We have the worst selectors in the world

  • Jacob on July 1, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Kyle Mills was a former vice-captain for the NZ side, so he could probably fill in as captain. Kane Williamson is also a logical choice as he is very much next in line after Taylor bows out. Another option as skipper could be Guptill, he's a reasonably intelligent guy and gets on well with his team-mates. NZ were really disappointing today, I thought the batting showed potential (particularly Nicol-Guptill partnership, and Southee & Orams firepower) but the bowling was really awful. I can't figure out Orams role in the side anymore.

  • MOHAMMAD on July 1, 2012, 8:48 GMT


  • Asim on July 1, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Hi every one, I think now it is time for James Franklin to come in as a Captain and Batsman in absence of key players like Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum as he himself is one of the key player in New zealand Cricket. Thanking you,

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    maybe kane williamson or millsy should take over for a year 2 save nz losing rossco for a whol year's worth of matches

  • Hammad on July 1, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Since he take the captaincy he struggle with the injuries. may be NZL need another captain to save Ross from injuries

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