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Harmison breaks Hoggard's thumb

Matthew Hoggard
Hoggard must be feeling the fates are conspiring against him

Matthew Hoggard has been ruled out of England's squad for the second Test against New Zealand after having his thumb broken by a Steve Harmison ball.

An X-ray revealed the fracture in the seamer's bowling hand after Hoggard had faced Harmison when batting for Yorkshire away at Durham on Friday.

Hoggard was in the England 12 for the Lord's Test but did not make the 11.

He said: "I hope the injury is not too serious and that I can get on the field as soon as the fracture's mended."

An ECB statement on Saturday said: "He will see a specialist next week to determine the full extent of the injury and the likely rehabilitation period."

Hoggard, 31, was dropped along with Harmison from the England Test side after the first of three Tests in New Zealand at the start of the year.

But after impressing for Yorkshire in the county's early season matches, the England selectors brought him back into the fold.

He was hoping to add to his 248 Test wickets at Lord's, only for coach Peter Moores to go with the same bowlers that had won the series in New Zealand.

Steve [Harmison] is a senior England player and is in contention like everyone else

Peter Moores

An announcement about which player will replace Hoggard in the squad for Old Trafford will be made after the end of the Lord's Test.

Coach Peter Moores confirmed it was unlikely the replacement would be Hampshire's Chris Tremlett.

"Chris has had a back spasm and will be assessed again tomorrow and we'll see if he's available for selection or not," said Moores.

"I think he was picking something up when he got a spasm so how quickly it will settle down we'll know more tomorrow."

Harmison must be one contender, given that he retains a central contract.

But England may also look at fresh blood, with Durham's Graham Onions and Charlie Shreck of Nottinghamshire other possibilities.

Moores said of Harmison: "Steve is a senior England player and is in contention like everyone else."

He added: "I'm really frustrated for Matthew. He's done everything right and worked really hard."

The second Test starts next Friday, with the third at Trent Bridge from 5 June.


see also
England in New Zealand 2008
03 Jul 07 |  Cricket


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