Bunbury cricket Sam Whiteman may miss the 2017-18 season with a finger injury

Bunbury cricketer Sam Whiteman may miss the upcoming summer with an injury setback. 

The WA Cricket Association issued a statement on Monday to say the talented wicketkeeper has continued to experience ongoing pain and swelling in his left index finger related to a fracture he sustained in last year’s Big Bash League grand final. 

“To date, surgical  intervention and targeted rehabilitation has been unable to reduce the pain he is experiencing to a satisfactory level for state level wicketkeeping,” the statement said. 

“WACA sports medicine staff and Sam are consulting further with hand specialists in the coming week and will soon be in a position to make a decision on the future direction of Sam's management. 

“At this stage a timeframe for his return to play is unknown although further surgical intervention is being considered.”

Western Warriors coach Justin Langer told cricket.com.au that the finger injury complications were frustrating for the 25-year-old and he will need time to get that right. 

“For such a talented kid, who’s played in three Perth Scorchers finals with us, he’s been part of Shield finals and a Matador Cup win, we’re going to look at the bigger picture for him,” Langer said. 

The WA state keeper, who has also experienced success with the bat, has spent time playing for Australia A and has previously been touted as a player capable of earning a baggy green.