Injured Prior out of Twenty20 World Cup

Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 14:16 [IST]
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England wicket-keeper Matt Prior will miss the rest of the Twenty20 world championships after breaking his thumb in practice, team officials said.

Prior, who was hit on the eve of Tuesday's must-win game against New Zealand, was taken to hospital where x-rays revealed a fracture in the right thumb.

Vikram Solanki will keep wicket against New Zealand, but England will call up a replacement from home.

Durham's Phil Mustard is regarded as the favourite ahead of Tim Ambrose, James Foster and Chris Read.

It is not clear if Prior, 25, will be available for the five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka starting on October 1.

England, who lost their opening Super Eights match against South Africa, must win their remaining games against New Zealand and India to stay in contention for the semi-finals.

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