New Zealand batsman Devon Conway will miss the World T20 Final – the biggest match of his life – after breaking a finger PUNCHING HIS BAT after his dismissal in the semi-final against England!
- Batsman Devon Conway struck his bat after being dismissed against England
- The Black Caps went on to win the game after Daryl Mitchell’s late heroics
- Yet Conway will miss Sundays T20 final due to breaking his right hand
- It is a huge blow for the Black Caps ahead of the final clash against Australia
- New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Conway was ‘absolutely gutted’ to miss out
New Zealand batsman Devon Conway has been ruled out of Sunday’s T20 World Cup final against Australia with a broken right hand – an injury he sustained himself in bizarre fashion on Wednesday.
New Zealand Cricket said Conway sustained the injury when he struck his bat immediately after being dismissed during the semi-final match against England, which the Black Caps won by five wickets.
New Zealand will take on Australia in the final after Aaron Finch’s team beat Pakistan by five wickets in Dubai on Thursday – but Conway will not be involved.
New Zealand batsman Devon Conway struck his bat when he was dismissed against England
Conway has now been ruled out of Sunday’s T20 World Cup final with a broken right hand
Conway is also ruled out of New Zealand’s tour to India next week, during which they will play three T20s and two test matches.
Coach Gary Stead said Conway was ‘absolutely gutted’ to bow out of the T20 World Cup.
‘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,’ Stead said in a statement.
‘Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him.’
Coach Gary Stead said Conway was ‘absolutely gutted’ to bow out of the T20 World Cup
Stead said New Zealand will not be flying in a replacement of Conway for Sunday’s final and the T20 series against India, beginning from next Wednesday, but ‘are working through our options for the Test series later this month.’
New Zealand will play Australia after beating the world’s number one side England on Tuesday due to Daryl Mitchell’s late heroics.
Australia, similarly, registered a place in the final after a late fightback courtesy of Matthew Wade, who hit three sixes in a row to finish the job against Pakistan yesterday.