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2023 ODI World Cup – Tim Southee to endure surgical procedure on fracture thumb, hope stays for World Cup

Tim Southee will endure surgical procedure on Thursday for the thumb damage he sustained towards England final week and New Zealand stay hopeful he might nonetheless be obtainable the World Cup.

Southee dislocated and fractured his proper thumb trying to take a catch at slip supplied by Joe Root at Lord’s. A choice on his availability might be taken early subsequent week.

“We have got our fingers crossed the surgical procedure goes nicely for Tim,” head coach Gary Stead mentioned. “He’ll have some pins or screws inserted in his proper thumb and, offering the process is a hit, it is going to be a matter of making certain Tim can tolerate the ache and handle the precise wound when returning to coach and play.

“Our opening sport of the World Cup towards England will not be till Thursday October 5 in Ahmedabad, so that will be our logical goal by way of his availability.

“Tim’s clearly a massively skilled and vital determine in our staff and we wish to give him each probability to be a part of this World Cup marketing campaign.”

Southee is New Zealand’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODIs with 214 at 33.60 and has performed in three earlier World Cups.

He was one in all 4 specialist quicks named in New Zealand’s squad alongside Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson. Kane Williamson can also be a part of the squad as he returns from an ACL damage though when he turns into obtainable remains to be unsure

New Zealand play two warm-up matches on September 29 towards Pakistan and October 2 towards South Africa.

5 of the World Cup squad are at present a part of the ODI collection in Bangladesh whereas the remaining will depart for India subsequent Tuesday.



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