New Zealand struggling to field fit players for final T20I match against Sri Lanka

Injuries to fit players leave the Black Caps' initial 14-man squad down to 10 healthy bodies and with little time to heal.
New Zealand struggling to field fit players for final T20I match against Sri Lanka New Zealand clinched the T20I series after beating Sri Lanka by 4 wickets. (Photo: Getty)
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In a rather stunning scenario, New Zealand team is running short of players to play the third and final T20I game against Sri Lanka. With just two days left for the final game of the three-match series the Black Caps now face the scenario of potentially not having enough fit players.

Even though New Zealand clinched the series after beating Sri Lanka by 4 wickets several of players suffered injuries. The injury bug first hit fast bowler Lockie Ferguson who resultantly got ruled out of the T20 series after suffering a minor thumb fracture at a training session ahead of the first game.

Ross Taylor also got ruled out of the second match with a hip injury, but the middle-order batsman has been declared available for selection. During the second T20I at Pallekele, Martin Guptill left the field with a strained stomach muscle and did not come out to bat.

The injury list for Kiwis got even bigger when Tom Bruce, picked up a knee problem during his knock and is being monitored now. With all these injuries, New Zealand's 14-man squad has been reduced to just 10 fit players. With the last match to be scheduled on Friday, the players have little time heal.

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