Daryl Mitchell, , Tim Southee
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Last Update on: September 15th, 2023 at 07:17 pm

New Zealand Cricket Team have suffered a major blow as two of their key players Daryl Mitchell and Tim Southee have got injured ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023. The duo got themselves hurt during the ongoing 4th ODI against England at Lord’s in London. 

Daryl Mitchell dislocated his left ring finger while taking the catch of Jonny Bairstow. The New Zealand all-rounder went off the field and didn’t return to the field. English batter got an edge off Matt Henry and the ball went towards the widish slip, where Micthell was stationed. 

Daryl Mitchell took a superb low catch at slip as he pouched the catch just above the ground. He in the process got his finger injured and went off the field. Later NZC provided a confirmation, saying that the all-rounder dislocated his finger. It remains to be seen if he comes to bat or not.  

This will come as a huge blow for New Zealand as Daryl Mitchell is in the red hot form. He has batted magnificently well in the series and has scored runs for his team. The seriousness of his injury is yet to be known and with ICC World Cup 2023 around the corner, it’ll be a massive headache for NZC. 

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After that Finn Allen too got himself injured as he too hurt his finger while attempting to take a catch of Joe Root. It was a low catch that didn’t carry, however, the Kiwi player tried his best but hurt himself. He walked off the field but his injury didn’t look as threatening as that of Daryl Mitchell. 

ENG vs NZ: Tim Southee ruled out of the ongoing 4th game against New Zealand due to a finger injury 

The injury woes kept getting worse for New Zealand as after Daryl Mitchell and Finn Allen, Tim Southee too got his thumb injured. The premier fast bowler hurt his thumb as he attempted to take a catch of Joe Root. He looked in discomfort after that went off the field. 

Tim Southee dived across at slips to take the catch with both hands. The ball hit him around the thumb before deflecting to third man. After he walked off the field, NZC released an official statement, saying that the pacer needed further assessment on his injured finger and wouldn’t come back to the field.