Tuffey joins sidelined Kiwis
New Zealand’s injury woes at the ICC Champions Trophy deepened on the eve of their clash with England after Daryl Tuffey was ruled out with a broken hand.
Already without Jacob Oram (hamstring) and Jesse Ryder (groin), who have been ruled out of the rest of the tournament, Tuffey has joined the growing casualty list ahead of Tuesday’s crucial final group match against England in Johannesburg.
The Black Caps will secure a place to the last four should they win the game, although their luck is seemingly in short supply with Ryder’s replacement, Aaron Redmond, also unlikely to be available after his flight was delayed in transit from Brisbane.
Redmond is only likely to arrive in South Africa hours before tomorrow’s game with that news coming shortly before Tuffey was also ruled out after breaking his hand while fielding a ball in practice.
New Zealand manager Dave Currie said: “He broke a bone in the back of his hand. He needs to get back to New Zealand now to have surgery.”
The fast bowler will be replaced in the line-up by Ian Butler, who has overcome an intestinal infection which has seen him drop eight kilograms.
Redmond’s delay means Gareth Hopkins will come in down the order with Martin Guptill likely to be promoted to opener in place of Ryder.
Redmond, who was with Otago in Brisbane preparing for the upcoming Twenty20 Champions League tournament, is not expected to arrive in Johannesburg until seven hours before the match is scheduled to begin.
“He will look at how he is when he gets off the flight but it would be a hard ask for him to travel with jet leg then play such a big game,” added New Zealand coach Andy Moles.
“I suspect it will be too big an ask for him. He would have been flying for over 24 hours because he's been held up by bad weather.”