New Zealand in crisis to ready a playing XI for last T20I
New Zealand might have already won the series, but they are in dilemma to ready a playing XI for the last and the final T20I due to injuries.
With 2-0 already under the belt for the visitors, the last and the third T20I between New Zealand and Sri Lanka can be a dead-rubber, but for that at least, a playing XI needs to be ready which at the moment New Zealand are finding it hard to set due to list of injuries.
During the second ODI. Martin Guptill suffered from a strained stomach muscle and didn’t even bat in the game while Tom Bruce required mid-pitch medical attention for a knee problem he picked up during the course of his knock. Bruce replaced Ross Taylor in the second T20I, who had left hip injury. However, he is likely to play in the last T20I.
Bruce told Radio Sport: “It was full contact tonight, wasn’t it. I’ll ice the knee and rest up the next couple of days. I think it should be right, fingers crossed anyway.”
Bruce’s injury will be monitored in the build-up to the clash while Guptill will not take part in the last game with an abdominal strain.
The visitors have already lost Lockie Ferguson due to a broken finger and they didn’t name any replacement as they felt they have adequate players. But this might not turn out to be the case in the end if any more player gets injured or six before the last game as it can leave them with less than XI players to pick from.