Martin Guptill ruled out of England series with thumb injury

Paul Close, the New Zealand physiotherapist, said that while Guptill could continue playing in the short term with the thumb injury he needed to have surgery at some point.

updated: February 21, 2013 13:44 IST
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Bangalore: Martin Guptill, the New Zealand batsman, will have surgery next week on a thumb injury which will see him miss the remainder of the series against England.

Guptill, 26, requires surgery on a ligament injury to his left thumb which occurred during New Zealand's thrilling three-wicket win over England in the first One-Day International on February 17.

Guptill suffered a hamstring strain during the match, in which he opened the batting, and had to retire hurt early in New Zealand's chase. He, however, came back to score the winning runs in dramatic fashion, belting four fours and a six while playing on one leg to see his team home and finish on 27 not out.

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