New Zealand's fast bowling attack leader Trent Boult and wicketkeeper batsman Tom Latham are doubtful to play in the domestic T20 series against India. Both of them fractured during the recently concluded Test series against Australia. Bolt suffered a fracture in his right hand during the second Test when he was bowled by Mitchell Starc.
Coach Gary Stead said that the fast bowler is not scheduled to play in T20 series against India. “Bolt is still resting due to right-handed fracture and will start bowling this week,” Stead said in a statement on Wednesday. It is not scheduled to be available for the T20 series against India this month and we will keep a close watch on it in the next few weeks.
On the fourth day of the third and final Test in Sydney, 27-year-old Latham's right hand was fractured while catching a catch by Marnus Labuschagne. He needs about four weeks of rehabilitation after fracture in the little finger of the right hand.
New Zealand have to host India this month after a 0–3 clean sweep in the Test series against Australia. The five-match T20 series against India will begin in Auckland on 24 January followed by three one-day international series from 5 February and then two Tests from 21 February. Apart from Latham and Bolt, fast bowlers Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are also injured.