ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Matt Henry suffers hamstring injury during NZ vs SA as New Zealand left with only 11 fit players in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023


November 1 2023
Matt Henry

New Zealand pacer Matt Henry suffered hamstring injury while playing against South Africa in Pune.

New Zealand’s injury woes suffered another casualty as pacer Matt Henry walked off the field in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against South Africa in Pune on November 1, 2023. South Africa were asked to bat first by New Zealand captain Tom Latham.

New Zealand already came into this encounter with three of their big stars suffering from injuries. While captain Kane Williamson recovered from his knee injury, he broke his left thumb during the match against Bangladesh. Mark Chapman also suffered a calf issue in the match.

Lockie Ferguson suffered an achilles heel injury in the last match New Zealand played in the World Cup, against Australia, in Dharamshala.

Meanwhile, for this match, New Zealand had replaced Ferguson with Tim Southee, who himself came back after recovering from a broken bone in his right thumb. For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada came in for Tabraiz Shamsi.  

Matt Henry walks off the field with a hamstring injury against South Africa

To add to New Zealand’s woes, Matt Henry suffered an injury in the ongoing match. Midway through his sixth over against South Africa in Pune, he walked off the pitch with hamstring tightness. The team’s physio attempted to treat and strap the injured area, but the fast bowler was unable to continue and James Neesham had to finish his over.

Henry was treated, with team management hoping to strap him up and get him back on the pitch, but New Zealand confirmed he would not bowl in the 33rd over of South Africa’s innings.

This has now left the New Zealand team with just 11 fit players in the squad including the 12th man Ish Sodhi, who came on the field as substitute for Henry. Four New Zealand players are injured now. Kane Williamson (thumb), Lockie Ferguson (Achilles heel), Mark Chapman (calf) and Matt Henry (hamstring)

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