New Zealand’s batting lineup for the T20I series against Australia changed as Devon Conway exited the series after succumbing to a thumb injury during Friday’s second game.

In a twist of fate for the New Zealand cricket team, Devon Conway has been sidelined from further participation in the ongoing series against Australia due to a thumb injury he sustained during the second game on Friday. He incurred the injury while wicketkeeping, preventing him from batting in New Zealand’s run chase.

Subsequently, Conway had to return to Wellington for further medical evaluation. This development has paved the way for Tom Seifert, who was not initially a part of the T20I squad, to come in as a replacement to join the third match at Eden Park.

The Kiwi squad’s woes extended beyond batting. Rachin Ravindra’s left knee injury keeps his participation in the series finale in doubt, with a decision pending after a 24-hour monitoring period. Fast bowler Jacob Duffy has also been drafted in as cover amidst concerns over the bowling lineup’s availability.

Meanwhile, in the Australian camp, David Warner has also been ruled out of the final match due to an adductor injury. However, Cricket Australia assured fans that Warner’s absence will not affect his involvement in the upcoming IPL season in March or the ensuing T20 World Cup.

With Warner withdrawn, the responsibility falls on Steve Smith to partner Travis Head at the top of the batting order for the final match.

As both teams grapple with injury concerns, the stage is set for the final match of the series, scheduled for tomorrow, February 25, 2024.

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Last Updated on February 24, 2024