New Zealand faces a number of injury concerns ahead of the CWC23.

At Lord’s, four New Zealand players were hurt during the fourth ODI between England and New Zealand.

With less than a month until the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023, New Zealand faced significant injury concerns on Friday, September 15 at Lord’s.

Daryl Mitchell limped off the ground with a ring finger injury after taking a screamer in the slip cordon to send back Jonny Bairstow. While he had gratefully returned to even bowling, the Blackcaps had other concerns.

They quickly lost opener Finn Allen and experienced pacer Tim Southee to injuries, with the latter being the more concerning of the two.

Allen failed to hold on to a challenging chance off Joe Root in the 12th over and injured his finger while making the one-handed try, forcing him off the field.

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Root was out again two overs later, this time by Southee, who dove across with both hands but saw the ball hit his thumb and divert to third man.

Southee’s condition has been updated, with an x-ray confirming a dislocation and fractured bone in his right thumb. After further evaluations, a schedule for his recovery will be defined. Allen, on the other hand, was found to be fracture-free.

After bowling six overs, New Zealand was dealt another blow when Ben Lister limped out with a hamstring injury.

Two of the three players have been nominated to New Zealand’s World Cup team, while Allen has been left out. The Kiwis are already worried about Kane Williamson’s return from a long break, and while he has been nominated to the World Cup squad, the batsman has yet to play competitive cricket.