New Zealand's Kane Williamson suffers broken thumb; Luke Ronchi called up as replacement

Last Updated: 30/10/13 12:04pm

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Kane Williamson: New Zealander sidelined for around six weeks

Kane Williamson: New Zealander sidelined for around six weeks

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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson will miss the remainder of the tour of Bangladesh and the upcoming visit to Sri Lanka due to a small fracture in his left thumb.

Williamson had been due to lead New Zealand in three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 internationals in Sri Lanka later in November with regular skipper Brendon McCullum being rested.

But he was hit on the thumb while fielding in the 35th over of the first one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday and took no further part in the match. A subsequent X-ray revealed a small break.

"This kind of injury unfortunately means Kane cannot take part in the rest of the tour and he'll return to New Zealand to begin his rehabilitation," New Zealand team physiotherapist Paul Close said.

"Kane is about six weeks away from playing again at this stage."

Luke Ronchi will replace Williamson in the squad for the remainder of the Bangladesh tour, while a captain and replacement player for the Sri Lanka visit will be named later.

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