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CRICKET: Injured Samuels to return home

Published: Tuesday December 24, 2013 | 8:42 am Comments 0
Marlon Samuels - AP
Marlon Samuels - AP

The West Indies received another major blow on their tour of New Zealand as Jamaican all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been ruled out of the remainder of the series through injury.

West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark confirmed that Samuels was returning home with an exacerbation of a chronic right-wrist injury.

Clarke says Samuels’ injury will require surgery management and he returns home to seek that surgical opinion and advice from the West Indies Cricket Board’s medical panel, headed by Dr Akshai Mansingh.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton, another Jamaican, will remain in New Zealand and replace Samuels in the 15-member squad for the series of five One-Day Internationals, ODIs, against the Black Caps.

The 28-year-old Walton previously played two ODIs for West Indies during the 2009 International Cricket Council Champions Trophy in South Africa.

The ODI series begins tomorrow, Christmas Day Caribbean time at Eden Park.

West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson says losing Samuels was a major setback for the side as it looks to restore faith.

The West Indies team is already without explosive Jamaican opener Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul.

The West Indies lost the three-match Test series 2-0 against New Zealand.

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