Wellington - New Zealand opening batsman Martin
Guptill will miss the Black Caps' home Test series against England to
undergo surgery on an injured thumb, officials said on Thursday.
was already in doubt for the third and final one-day international
against England in Auckland on Saturday with a hamstring strain, but had
been expected to return for the three-Test series against the tourists
Physiotherapist Paul Close said Guptill was also
suffering from a previously undisclosed injury to a thumb ligament and
needed to undergo surgery.
"We felt it was best to get Martin
right for the tour to England in May and June, so the next couple of
months were seen as the best window to have the surgery," he said.
went off injured during the first ODI in Hamilton but came back to
score the winning runs for New Zealand in dramatic fashion, belting four
fours and a six while playing on one leg to see his team home.
The ODI series is tied at 1-1 after England won in Napier on Wednesday.