Injury brings Anderson’s IPL to an end
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Corey Anderson has been ruled out of the rest of the IPL due to a fractured finger on his left hand. He will return to New Zealand to recover and the injury leaves some doubt over his participation for the tour of England, which starts next month, after which he is set for a T20 stint with Somerset. Anderson played the first four matches of Mumbai’s season – making two fifties – and was travelling with the team over the past week, though he missed the fifth match in Bangalore and is unavailable for selection for the sixth in Delhi on Thursday.
Anderson would have been among the group of New Zealand players arriving shortly before the first Test against England, at Lord’s, which starts on May 21, through the agreement with NZC which allows them to maximize their time at the IPL. He missed New Zealand’s last Test series, against Sri Lanka, due to injury but the absence of fellow all-rounder Jimmy Neesham from the England trip had created an opening for his return.
He is the third player Mumbai are losing this season: Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood opted out of the IPL following the World Cup and Australia opener Aaron Finch suffered a hamstring injury in Mumbai’s second match. It is understood the franchise is waiting for an approval from the IPL technical committee to announce replacements for Finch and Hazlewood. Anderson is the second New Zealand player to miss the IPL because of injury. Fast bowler Adam Milne, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore, was ruled out of the season because of the heel injury he suffered during the World Cup.