Somerset’s hopes of progressing in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast received another blow today with the news that big-hitting New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson is to return home for treatment on a back injury.
Anderson was already in England as part of the New Zealand touring squad and was due to join up with Somerset for the second half of the T20 Blast after the Black Caps’ current one-day series with England.
However, the 24-year-old has not played since the first Test Match at Lord’s after suffering a back injury early in the game.
Despite receiving treatment from the Kiwis’ medical staff over the past few weeks, New Zealand today announced the decision had been made for him to return home for further therapy.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Obviously this is a blow for both Somerset and Corey but injuries happen in sport. We wish Corey a speedy recovery and I can assure all members and supporters that we are actively seeking a suitable replacement.”
Anderson’s signing made excellent sense when it was announced earlier this year as the player would already be fully acclimatised to English conditions by the time he arrived in Taunton. Other members of the New Zealand touring squad could now be next on Maynard’s shopping list.
The news of Anderson’s return home comes a day after it emerged that another Somerset overseas signing, Chris Gayle, will miss tomorrow’s game against Glamorgan.
Gayle, who cited his “immense workload over the past twelve months and a slight back issue”, asked to be released early in order to be fully fit for the forthcoming Caribbean Premier League. Gayle also missed his first scheduled game with Somerset due to the progress of his IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore. His final game is now due to be tonight’s sell-out home game at Taunton against Surrey (weather permitting).