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Devon Conway withdrawn for final T20I; Warner ruled out

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Wicketkeeper-batter Devon Conway has been withdrawn from New Zealand’s T20I squad for the final fixture following an injury he sustained in the second game on Friday (February 23). Tim Seifert has been brought in as Conway’s replacement.

Conway suffered a thumb injury while keeping and couldn’t bat during New Zealand’s chase. He will now return home to Wellington and see a hand specialist to ascertain the extent of the injury.

Seifert himself was not part of the squad because of being ruled out with a torn abductor, but has since passed a fitness test in Hamilton to be able to join up with the squad for the last T20I in Eden Park.

New Zealand will also have fast bowler Jacob Duffy joining the squad as cover for the bowling group. Meanwhile, Rachin Ravindra, who missed the second game through a left knee injury will be monitored over the next 24 hours before deciding on his availability for the last game on Sunday (February 25).

New Zealand are expected to also add an additional batting cover as precaution, the announcement of which is expected later on Saturday (February 24).

In the Australia camp, opener Warner has been ruled out of the last game of the series due to an adductor injury. Cricket Australia stated however, that it will not affect his participation in the upcoming season of the IPL in March and the T20 World Cup that follows. In the absence of Warner, Steve Smith will get another game at the top of the order alongside Travis Head.

Australia are also expected to rest Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for Sunday’s fixture. The visitors have already pocketed the series 2-0.

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