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Henry adds to New Zealand's injury issues

4th January 2020, 09:54 by Tom Hill

New Zealand Cricket have confirmed paceman Matt Henry broke his left thumb on day one of the third Test.

The right-arm seamer was hit on his non-bowling hand by a drive from Australia's Joe Burns in the first session of the Test match in Sydney.

Henry left the field for treatment and returned to bowl, but he failed to take a wicket in 21 overs. New Zealand Cricket claim "match conditions" will decide if he tries to bat during the rest of the Test.

In a statement, they said: "An X-ray last night confirmed Matt Henry has broken his left thumb following a blow on day one.

"It has been strapped and placed in a splint. Henry will continue to bowl in the Test with his batting match dependent."

New Zealand lost Lockie Ferguson to injury in the first Test, while fellow pace bowler Trent Boult picked up a knock in the second encounter.

Tim Southee was dropped for the ongoing Test for Henry, while captain Kane Williamson, batsman Henry Nicholls and spinner Mitchell Santner were also ruled out by a bout of flu.

Australia are seeking a clean sweep after winning the first two Tests in Perth and Melbourne, and they are in control in Sydney after posting a score of 454, with Marnus Labuschagne hitting 215.

New Zealand will start day three on 63-0, 391 behind Australia's first-innings total.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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