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Latham gets injury scare ahead of World Cup

Latham gets injury scare ahead of World Cup

New Zealand wicketkeeper, Tom Latham is in doubt for the start of the Cricket World Cup after fracturing his finger in a warm-up game against Australia in Brisbane recently. In his absence, uncapped ODI player Tom Blundell could make his debut in Cardiff.

Latham fractured his finger while keeping wickets and was immediately attended for a check-up. He returned to Christchurch from Brisbane, visited a specialist and underwent an X-ray. News of the injury comes just over two weeks before the Black Caps' opening match in Cardiff against Sri Lanka.

"I was just keeping to Matt Henry – a ball down the leg side, I dived for it and didn't quite get it in the gloves properly. I kept keeping for a few overs, then I took my glove off and my finger wasn't quite in the right direction – very disappointing but the good thing is I should be okay,” Latham said.

New Zealand Cricket selector Gavin Larsen said the decision on the 27-year-old’s participation in the warm-up games will be taken close to the fixtures while they have also kept Tim Seifert and BJ Watling on standby.