Tim Southee, the fast bowler from New Zealand, has been given the green light to join the Blackcaps in India for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. This announcement comes as a significant relief for the team, with the tournament just around the corner.
Southee’s Recovery from Injury
Southee had chosen to undergo surgery to treat a dislocated and fractured thumb, an injury he picked up during New Zealand’s tour of England. His recovery has been closely watched, as his absence would have been a significant blow to the team’s bowling lineup.
Boost for the Blackcaps
The confirmation of Southee’s participation follows closely on the heels of New Zealand’s 2-0 series victory in Bangladesh. This double dose of good news is sure to bolster the team’s confidence as they prepare for the World Cup.
Williamson to Lead the Team
Kane Williamson, who has been on the sidelines due to an injury, is also set to return and will lead the Blackcaps at the World Cup.
Contingency Plans in Place
While Southee is still on the mend from his surgery, the team has taken precautionary measures. Kyle Jamieson, the pace-bowler, will accompany the team to India to train with the World Cup squad.
Jamieson’s Role in the Squad
Despite training with the team, Jamieson will not officially be part of the World Cup squad and will not be eligible to play in any of the warm-up matches. The Kiwis are scheduled to play against Pakistan and South Africa in the warm-up games before they face England in the World Cup opener on October 5.