New Zealand skipper Taylor sidelined by injury

July 2nd, 2012 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Ross Taylor Fort Lauderdale (Florida), July 2 (IANS/CMC) Injury has ruled New Zealand captain Ross Taylor out of the Jamaica leg of the five-match one-day series, starting next Thursday.

Left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira will also miss the remainder of the tour after suffering a dislocated finger in Saturday’s opener, and will return home immediately to recover from the injury, Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported.

While Hira was included in the T20 squad only, Taylor skippers the squad in all three formats and his exclusion will be a blow to the tourists.

“Unfortunately, Ross sustained a grade two injury to his left AC joint during the game (Saturday). It was confirmed by the x-ray and MRI scan completed at the hospital,” physiotherapist Paul Close said.

“At this stage the injury looks like it will exclude him from selection for the first part of the ODI series,” Close said.

“Essentially, we want to promote the healing process and gradually introduce him to his skill training and get the strength and stability back around his shoulder.”

Taylor, the side’s leading batsman in all three formats, landed badly on his left shoulder attempting to take a catch off Kieron Pollard late in the West Indies innings.

He returned to bat but retired hurt after facing 11 deliveries, as New Zealand slipped to a 56-run defeat.

Hira, meanwhile, sustained his injury while attempting to take a return catch off a thunderous straight-drive by opener Chris Gayle. He immediately left the field to seek medical attention and took no further part in the game.

–IANS/CMC
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