Matt Henry in doubt for West Indies series after injuring right thumb

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The x-ray scans have confirmed a fracture on the tip of the right thumb © Getty

New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry suffered a broken thumb while training with Canterbury during the ongoing Plunket Shield. Henry sustained the fracture when he was hit on his right hand while batting in the nets.

The injury, which could take four to six weeks to heal, could jeopardize the start of the home summer for him. The first T20I between New Zealand and West Indies is scheduled for November 27, which is only a month away. The two-Test series starts from December 3.

“Matt was unfortunately struck on the tip of the right thumb while batting in the nets,” Canterbury physio Tim Dovbysh said.

“Matt got an X-ray immediately after training which confirmed the fracture. He’ll need a temporary rest from bowling but will still add value to the team at trainings and will start bowling when able.”

Earlier this year, Henry broke his left thumb in Australia when he was struck by a drive from Joe Burns in the third Test at Sydney.

Batsman Tyler Lortan has been added to the Canterbury squad as Henry’s replacement for the upcoming clash with Wellington. “Lortan has been training really well and he’s had an impressive preseason,” Canterbury coach Peter Fulton said. “With a new wicket at Hagley Oval and some bad weather around, Lortan gives us the option to potentially play an extra batsman.”

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