Guptill set to miss Test series

  • Last Updated: February 21 2013, 8:21 GMT

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill is set to miss the forthcoming Test series against England because of a thumb injury.

Martin Guptill: Requires surgery on his thumb
Martin Guptill: Requires surgery on his thumb

Guptill defied a painful strained hamstring to help his team to victory in last weekend's first one-day international against the tourists in Hamilton, having returned to bat after retiring hurt.

The hamstring problem will also prevent him from playing in Saturday's ODI decider in Auckland.

But it is ligament damage in his left thumb which will require surgery next week and therefore result in a longer absence.

New Zealand physiotherapist Paul Close said: "We felt it was best to get Martin 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."

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