DubaiNew Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Devon Conway has been ruled out of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup final against Australia and the subsequent T20I series against India on Sunday.
He will be unavailable to play for a few days after suffering a hand injury in Wednesday’s semi-final against England. Now his focus will be on being fit for the two-Test series against India. In fact, Conway had hit the bat with his hand after being dismissed during the semi-final match, after which he felt pain and the scans confirmed a fracture in the fifth finger of his right hand.
New Zealand team head coach Gary Stead said on this, “Conway is very disappointed to be out of the team at this time. He is very passionate about playing for New Zealand and there is no one more disappointed than him at the moment, so we are trying to be around him. It seemed like a simple reaction when he hit the bat after being dismissed in the semi-final match, but he got hurt when his hand hit the bat too fast, which is unfortunate. ,
Stead said, “Devon is a great team man and a very popular member of the team, so we all feel sad for him. He is determined to support the team for the rest of the tour before returning home to recover. Due to the deadline, we will not bring in any replacement players for this World Cup or the T20I series against India starting next week, but are working on our options for the Test series later this month. ,
Devon Conway has been ruled out of the @T20WorldCup Final and following tour to India with a broken right hand. Conway sustained the injury when he struck his bat immediately after being dismissed in last night’s semi-final. More Info | https://t.co/LCMOTJqmqc #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/JIm9o6Rhxe
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It is noteworthy that Conway has played six matches in the current T20 World Cup and scored 129 runs at a strike rate of 108.40. Conway was instrumental in second-placed New Zealand’s thrilling win against England in the first semi-final of Group Two. He scored 46 off 38 balls and shared a crucial 82 runs for the third wicket with ‘Player of the Match’ Daryl Mitchell.
Significantly, Conway is also the wicketkeeper of New Zealand. In such a situation, it is like a setback for the New Zealand team before the final along with batting as well as behind the wicket. Although Glenn Phillips can also do wicketkeeping, getting a player to wicketkeeping directly in the final means putting extra pressure on him.