In a setback for the New Zealand cricket team, their experienced player, Tim Southee, suffered a break and dislocation of his right thumb while making a catch during the fourth ODI against England earlier this month.
Veteran fast bowler Tim Southee Given Green Light to Join New Zealand Squad for ODI World Cup After Thumb Surgery. Tim Southee, the seasoned fast bowler, has received medical clearance to join New Zealand’s ODI World Cup squad in India.
This positive development comes as Southee continues his recovery journey from the thumb injury he sustained during a catch attempt in the fourth ODI against England earlier this month.
He will fly for India on Saturday and New Zealand are hopeful Southee will recover in time for the side’s opening game in the mega-event on October 5 in Ahmedabad.
Southee is scheduled to depart for India on Saturday, and New Zealand remains optimistic that he will recuperate in time for the team’s opening match in the mega-event, set for October 5th in Ahmedabad.
“Tim Southee’s been cleared to join the BLACKCAPS in India later this week as he continues to progress his recovery from surgery on his fractured right thumb,” a NZC statement read.
Following the current ODI series in Bangladesh, speed bowler Kyle Jamieson will also practice with the World Cup team in India this week as a backup.Jamieson won’t be a member of the official World Cup team and won’t be able to participate in any of the exhibition games against South Africa on Monday or Pakistan on Friday.
New Zealand will take on Pakistan and South Africa in World Cup warm up matches on September 29 and October 2 respectively before playing the tournament opener against England.