New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson has been identified with a partial stress fracture to his lumbar backbone and would require 4 to 6 weeks of relaxation earlier than returning to coaching, New Zealand Cricket has confirmed.
The damage to the left-side of his again surfaced after the T20I collection in opposition to the West Indies and subsequent scans and imaging confirmed the partial fracture, NZC confirmed in a press release on Wednesday.
Ferguson will not require a surgical procedure however will want ‘a interval of relaxation and rehabilitation’ earlier than contemplating any return to play later in New Zealand’s residence summer time, which can prolong until late March with Australia and Bangladesh as a result of journey.
Black Caps coach Gary Stead mentioned it was a blow to lose Ferguson, however backed him to return again.
“We’re all actually feeling for Lockie. Accidents are actually a part of our sport, however to get one thing like this while you’re on the very prime of your recreation is particularly disappointing,” mentioned Stead.
“The tempo and talent he is been in a position to persistently produce has made him one of many best white ball bowlers on the earth and an enormous asset for the Black Caps. Lockie has an incredible perspective and I do know he is up for the struggle so he’ll get caught into the rehab and we’re nonetheless hopeful he might get again on the park on the again finish of summer time,” he added.
New Zealand are scheduled to tackle Pakistan in three T20Is and two Checks starting December 18.
Paine was pushed into the job after Steve Smith‘s unceremonious elimination from the submit following the ball-tampering scandal.