New Zealand’s top class pacer Tim Southee will miss the World Cup’s opening match against England and potentially some of the following matches due to an injured thumb, stand-in-skipper Tom Latham said on Wednesday.
The Black Caps will be without regular captain Kane Williamson (knee injury) and Southee (thumb injury) at the tournament’s opening match in the world’s biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Williamson played the team’s first warm-up purely as a batsman and then fielded as well in the second warm-up, but Southee still awaits his first outing in India.
“No Kane and no Tim as well,’ Latham told reporters ahead of the opener.
“He (Southee) is unavailable for selection. He is recovering nicely, it has been nearly two weeks post-surgery, so fingers crossed he keeps recovering. It’s a bit of a day-by-day process. But fingers crossed he’ll be available sooner rather than later as well.”
Southee, who dislocated his thumb in a one-day against England more than three weeks ago, underwent surgery and said doctors had to “chuck in some screws and a plate” to boost his chances of playing in the 50-over showpiece event.
Southee played a key role in his team’s runners-up finish in the 2019 edition but missed the dramatic final defeat to hosts England at Lord’s.
Source: The Daily SUN.