22 Feb 2013

Guptill out of rest of England series

1:54 pm on 22 February 2013

The New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill will not play again in the cricket series against England.

Guptill will have surgery next week on a thumb injury he suffered earlier in the series.

He suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's first ODI and was subsequently ruled out of the one-day series.

Black Cap physiotherapist Paul Close says while Guptill could continue playing in the short term with the thumb injury he needed to have surgery at some point.

Close says they felt it was best to get Guptil right for the tour to England in May and June, so the next couple of months were seen as the best window to have the surgery.

Hamish Rutherford has replaced Guptill in the ODI squad this week.

Meanwhile, Jeetan Patel has replaced Ish Sodhi in the New Zealand XI squad to play England in a four-day warm-up match next week.

Sodhi suffered a quad strain in the Plunket Shield match between the Northern Knights and Central Stags in Nelson.