Conway ruled out of World Cup final and India T20Is due to hand injury

With a broken right hand, New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Conway has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup final on Sunday against Australia, as well as the accompanying India tour. Conway was injured when he smashed his bat after being dismissed in the Abu Dhabi semi-final against England. On Thursday, an X-ray revealed “a break in his right-hand fifth Metacarpal.” In an NZC announcement, head coach Gary Stead remarked, “He’s really gutted to be ruled out like this at this time. Devon is extremely dedicated to playing for the team, and no one is more disappointed than he is right now, so we’re doing everything we can to rally behind him. On the field, it appeared to be a fairly innocuous reactionary occurrence, but the blow clearly caught the bat between the glove padding, and while it’s not the wisest thing he’s done, the injury has an element of bad luck to it.”

“Devon is a fantastic teammate and a well-liked part of the squad, so we’re all rooting for him.” We won’t be bringing in a replacement player for the World Cup or the T20 series against India next week because of schedule constraints, but we’re considering our possibilities for the Test series later this month.”

Conway batted at No. 4 and scored 46 off 38 balls in New Zealand’s frantic 167-run chase before being stumped by Liam Livingstone’s bowling. Conway, a specialist batter in the XI until then, took over keeping duties from Tim Siefert midway through the tournament when New Zealand decided to put fast bowler Adam Milne into the XI. New Zealand has chosen the same 15-man squad for the World Cup and three T20Is in India, which begin three days after the final.

Conway, who has played three Tests and scored a double-hundred on debut at Lord’s, was also named to the 15-man team for the two India Tests that will follow the T20I series. After Tom Blundell, he was the squad’s second keeping option.