NZ cricket suffers another injury blow

Daniel Gilhooly
Stand-in New Zealand captain Tom Latham has joined his team's mounting injury list

New Zealand's calamitous tour of Australia has ended on an appropriately low note with stand-in captain Tom Latham ruled out of cricket for a month with a fractured finger.

Latham damaged his right pinky finger when claiming a catch in what was the tourists' final act in the field of the series whitewash - on day four of the third and final Test in Sydney.

The 27-year-old put pain aside to then open the batting but X-rays have since revealed damage that will rule him out of the five-match Twenty20 series at home to India next month.

Latham will target a return in the subsequent one-day and Test series against the Indians.

He isn't the only player facing a period of recuperation in the wake of a series marked by numerous injuries and illness to key Black Caps.

Strike bowler Trent Boult, who missed the first and third Tests with separate problems, is expected to return to the nets next week but the broken bone in his hand is "touch and go" to be ready for the Indian T20 series, coach Gary Stead said.

Fellow-pacemen Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are also targeting returns in early February.

Ferguson, who strained his right calf early in his Test debut in Perth, has begun running lightly while third-Test bowler Henry (broken thumb) needs about a month of recovery time.

Captain Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner all missed the third Test after being struck down with the flu in the lead-up.

"They will continue to be monitored as they slowly rebuild their strength and fitness," Stead said.