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McCullum under injury cloud

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum is in doubt for today's second one-day international against India.

WELLINGTON // New Zealand's Brendon McCullum is in doubt for today's second one-day international against India. McCullum has a badly bruised thumb on his right hand after being hit by the ball while keeping to the medium pacer Grant Elliott during the first match in Napier on Tuesday, which New Zealand lost by 53 runs. The New Zealand vice captain has previously broken the thumb and has already been ruled out of keeping wicket in the match with those duties going to Peter McGlashan.

"Obviously the balance that Brendon brings into the squad is undermined a little bit with his ability not to keep," the captain Daniel Vettori said. "But Pete has been in pretty good form for Northern Districts so we are hoping he can replicate that and it doesn't unsettle the team too much." McCullum may yet play as a batsman only but he must first get through a fitness test, and Vettori remained cautiously optimistic about his opener's prospects.

"It's funny with Brendon, we seem to have a lot of fitness tests with him and he comes through them all," he said. * Agencies