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Fractured finger rules Latham out for four weeks
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Fractured finger rules Latham out for four weeks

Fractured finger will keep Tom Latham out of action for at least four weeks, it was announced by NZC.

Latham had sustained a fracture to his right little finger during the recently concluded Sydney Test against Australia when he took a catch to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne. He then came out to bat in the final innings but was pinned in front of the stumps by Mitchell Starc.

The finger injury will leave him out of the action for a month. He is likely to comeback for the three-match ODI series against India which starts off from February 5.

Latham joined a long list of players to be injured during their torrid run in the Australia Test series. Lockie Ferguson was ruled out on the opening day of the first Test with a calf injury, Trent Boult had injured his hand after being struck on the gloves by a vicious ball whereas Matt Henry had to deal with a broken finger after Joe Burns struck a powerful drive back at him.

"Lockie Ferguson has returned to running and performing bowling drills. He'll continue to progress over the next couple of weeks with the potential to return to domestic cricket early next month,” said New Zealand head coach Gary Stead as quoted by NZC.

"Trent has been resting his broken right hand and will return to bowling later this week. He'll be touch-and-go to be available for the India T20 series later this month and we'll continue to monitor him closely over the next few weeks.

"Matt Henry has had his broken left-thumb splinted and will require around a month for it to fully heal. In this time he will still be able to practise bowling and will look at a return to play early next month.

"Kane, Henry [Nicholls] and Mitch [Santner] are regaining their health after being struck down with Influenza A and will continue be monitored as they slowly rebuild their strength and fitness."

New Zealand are expected to announce their T20I squad for India series next week.