New Zealand have been given a big blow before their T20 World Cup final with Australia as Devon Conway has been ruled out from the final as well as the subsequent T20I series against India with a hand injury.
Devon Conway has only himself to blame on this one – a weird hand injury that he inflicted upon himself. The left-hander struck the bat on his hand after he was dismissed in the semi-final against England. Scans have confirmed a break to his right-hand fifth Metacarpal.
No one is more disappointed at the moment than Devon Conway is: Gary Stead
Kiwi head coach Gary Stead said that Devon Conway is extremely disappointed in missing out from the trans-Tasman final. Stead explained that the injury didn’t look serious initially, but a swipe of bad luck has ruled an important player out of a World Cup final.
“He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time. Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him,” Stead said.
“It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.”
Devon Conway is now also doubtful for the 2-Test series in India.
“Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him. He’s determined to support the team in anyway he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover. Due to the timelines we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month,” Stead added.
The southpaw has scored 129 runs in 6 matches, including 46 in the semi-final. Tim Seifert is likely to slot in straight away for Devon Conway in the ‘keeper-batsman role.