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It's a Shame for Lockie Ferguson to Miss this Series: Garry Stead

1 September, Sunday

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has unfortunately been ruled out of the ongoing T20 series against Sri Lanka due to a fractured thumb. Ferguson sustained the injury during training on Friday, while fielding. X-rays have revealed a "small fracture to the middle joint", according to an official release.

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"It's a shame for Lockie to have to miss this series, especially coming off the back of such an impressive World Cup campaign in England," said coach Gary Stead. Ferguson had been the second-highest wicket-taker in the series, with 21 dismissals.

"The thumb has been put in a splint and is expected to take four to six weeks to recover; so we're optimistic he'll be available for the five-game T20 series against England, which starts on November 1."

While New Zealand do not have a spare pacer on tour - Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn and Seth Rance the only frontline quicks in the 14-man squad - the team will not name a replacement for Ferguson, Stead added.

New Zealand play 3 T20s against Sri Lanka in all, on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. There are no One Days on this tour.