No arm break for McCullum

Published: Monday, May 19, 2008, 20:10 [IST]
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New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum was cleared of having a broken arm after being taken to hospital for an X-ray following an injury while batting in the first Test against England.

But a New Zealand spokesman said it had still to be decided if McCullum would bat again on the last day of the match at Lord's here Monday.

McCullum had made 11 before he was struck on his left forearm by a rising ball from fast bowler Stuart Broad and, after several minutes of treatment, left the field.

His absence was a setback for New Zealand who, at that stage, were 120 for four in their second innings - a lead of just 78 - in the first match of this three-Test series.

McCullum, one of New Zealand's leading players, had rescued his side from the depths of 104 for five in their first innings with a run-a-ball 97 that helped them to a total of 277.

The second Test starts at Old Trafford on Friday. Should the 26-year-old McCullum fail to be passed fit, New Zealand do have a reserve wicket-keeper already in their squad in Gareth Hopkins.

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