PACE ace James Fuller has been added to Gloucestershire’s growing list of injured bowlers after it was confirmed he has broken a finger.
The 23-year-old injured his hand when taking a fantastic catch to dismiss James Foster on the final day of the county’s LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Essex.
Fuller was the pick of the Gloucestershire bowlers in the Chelmsford clash, taking two early wickets in the Essex innings to carry on the superb form he had shown in his native New Zealand over the winter.
With the county’s most-experienced bowler Ian Saxelby already sidelined by a shoulder injury and former Durham man Paul Muchall also out, Fuller’s injury could not have come at a worse time.
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Gloucestershire welcome Northamptonshire to their Nevil Road building site for their second game of the season on Wednesday with only David Payne and Liam Norwell fit among their senior seam bowlers. But with the second string attack performing superbly in the second team’s victory over a strong Surrey 2nd XI two weeks ago, skipper Michael Klinger is optimistic there is cover.
He said: “The good thing is that several of our young seamers performed well in the second XI win over Surrey at The Oval, so we know that the likes of Graeme McCarter, Craig Miles and Matt Taylor are in good form.”