Tom Latham has been sidelined for a month after sustaining a fractured finger during the third Test against Australia at the SCG.
The injury to his right little finger occurred when Latham, who was standing in as captain for Kane Williamson, took the catch to remove Marnus Labuschagne in Australia’s second innings which brought the declaration. He opened in New Zealand’s second innings making 1 before falling lbw to Mitchell Starc.
Latham will target a return for the one-day series against India which begins in Hamilton on February 5.
He was the fourth New Zealand player to be injured during the Australia tour. Lockie Ferguson went down with a calf strain on the opening day in Perth, Trent Boult broke his hand facing Starc at the MCG and Matt Henry suffered a broken finger when struck by a Joe Burns drive on the opening day in Sydney.
“Lockie Ferguson has returned to running and performing bowling drills. He’ll continue to progress over the next couple of weeks with the potential to return to domestic cricket early next month,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said. “Trent has been resting his broken right hand and will return to bowling later this week. He’ll be touch-and-go to be available for the India T20 series later this month and we’ll continue to monitor him closely over the next few weeks.
“Matt Henry has had his broken left-thumb splinted and will require around a month for it to fully heal. In this time he will still be able to practise bowling and will look at a return to play early next month.
“Kane, Henry [Nicholls] and Mitch [Santner] are regaining their health after being struck down with Influenza A and will continue be monitored as they slowly rebuild their strength and fitness.”
New Zealand will name their squad for the T20I series against India late next week.