Tim Southee's availability for the upcoming world cup is in danger as he recently dislocated his thumb and will have to go through a phase of treatment and recovery before he can comfortably make a return. The good news is that Tim Southee is expected to go through surgery tomorrow, based on which a concrete decision will be made on his inclusion in the playing XI for Team New Zealand.
New Zealand's first ICC world Cup warm up match is scheduled to take place on the 29th of September against Pakistan at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. In 9 days we will find out if Tim Southee successfully recovers and plays for New Zealand.
Coach Garry Stead is hopeful for Tim Southee’s return and looks forward to his speedy recovery. New Zealand’s first official match will be against England on the 5th of October, and it will be fascinating to see how they perform in the opening match.
Gary Stead on Tim Southee
In a recent interview, Gary Stead spoke about Tim Southee and explained how much of a crucial role he will play in the World Cup. There should be an update before 5th Ocotober. "We've got our fingers crossed that the surgery goes well for Tim," Stead as quoted by cricbuzz.com.
"He'll have some pins or screws inserted in his right thumb and, providing the procedure is a success, it will be a matter of ensuring Tim can tolerate the pain and manage the actual wound when returning to train and play.
Stead further said: "Our opening game of the World Cup against England is not until Thursday October 5 in Ahmedabad, so that would be our logical target in terms of his availability. Tim's obviously a hugely experienced and important figure in our team and we want to give him every chance to be part of this World Cup campaign".