Tim Southee undergone surgery and will now head to India to compete in the ODI World Cup 2023.
Tim Southee, a New Zealand bowler, will join New Zealand’s 2017 ODI World Cup squad as he recovers from surgery for a fractured right thumb. Southee dislocated his finger while trying a catch against England earlier this month at Lord’s. He underwent surgery and will now travel to India to compete in the ODI World Cup 2023.
If Southee recovers in time, it will be his fourth ODI World Cup appearance, following appearances in 2011, 2015, and 2019.
Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson will also join the New Zealand squad. He is not officially a member of the 15-man World Cup squad and hence will not be able to participate in any of the warm-up games.
“Tim Southee has been cleared to join the BLACKCAPS in India later this week as he recovers from surgery on his fractured right thumb.” As a precaution, pace-bowler Kyle Jamieson will join the World Cup squad in India this week to prepare,” New Zealand said in a statement.
The Kiwis already have injury concerns, with captain Kane Williamson recovering from a damaged ACL sustained in last season’s Indian Premier League (IPL). While he has been named to New Zealand’s World Cup roster, it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to play when the tournament begins.
The second batch of Kiwi players and support staff is scheduled to leave Christchurch for India on Wednesday, while a few players from Bangladesh will join the squad.
New Zealand will play two warm-up matches against Pakistan on September 29 in Hyderabad and South Africa on October 2 in Thiruvananthapuram.
New Zealand will open their ODI World Cup 2023 campaign against England on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.