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Injured arm no threat to McCullum’s World Cup

March 1, 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand coach Mike Hesson says an arm injury suffered by captain Brendon McCullum in Saturday’s Cricket World Cup match against Australia “looks okay” and he should be fit to play in New Zealand’s next match against Afghanistan.

Hesson said McCullum “looks like Popeye” — a reference to the cartoon sailor with bulging forearms — after being struck on the arm by Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the match which New Zealand won by one wicket.

But, he said, “it’s just deep bruising. It’s pretty swollen so we’ll try to get that swelling down first and we’ll make another assessment in a day or so but it looks okay. I’m not a doctor but all the information I get is that it will be fine.”

New Zealand plays Afghanistan at Napier on Sunday.

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