Lockie Ferguson ruled out of Sri Lanka T20Is with a thumb fracture
Lockie Ferguson (AFP Photo)

New Zealand have been handed an injury blow in Lockie Ferguson who has been ruled out of their ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka due to a fracture in his right thumb.

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Ferguson suffered the injury during a fielding drill on Saturday with subsequent x-ray scan confirming a small fracture to the middle joint.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said the fast bowler will take four to six weeks to recover but is optimistic of him being available for a home T20I series against England in November.

“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,” Stead said on Sunday. “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 in Christchurch.”

New Zealand won’t name a replacement. “We won’t name a replacement at this stage as we’re confident we have adequate cover within the T20 squad who are here,” Stead said.

The three-match T20I series got underway in Pallekele on Sunday with Sri Lanka opting to bat first after the toss was delayed for a brief period.

The second and third match of the series will be played in Kandy on Tuesday and Friday.