Within the fourth One-Day Worldwide in opposition to England final week, Southee fractured and dislocated his proper thumb whereas trying to take a catch.
Gary Stead, the pinnacle coach of New Zealand, is optimistic that the 34-year-old seamer will make a full restoration in time for the staff’s big-event debut on October 5.
“We have got our fingers crossed the surgical procedure goes nicely for Tim,” Stead mentioned in Auckland.
“He’ll have some pins or screws inserted in his proper thumb and, offering the process is successful, it will likely be a matter of making certain Tim can tolerate the ache and handle the precise wound when returning to coach and play.”
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On September 29 and October 2, respectively, New Zealand will play Pakistan and South Africa in World Cup warm-up matches earlier than their opening match in opposition to defending champions England.
“Our opening sport of the World Cup in opposition to England shouldn’t be till Thursday October 5 in Ahmedabad, so that may be our logical goal by way of his availability.
“Tim’s clearly a vastly skilled and necessary determine in our staff and we need to give him each likelihood to be a part of this World Cup marketing campaign.”
Kane Williamson, the captain of the Black Caps, continues to be rehabilitating from a ruptured ACL he sustained earlier this 12 months whereas enjoying within the IPL, so he couldn’t be match for New Zealand’s first sport.
As much as September 28, groups could make changes to the 15-player World Cup roster. After that date, all adjustments require ICC permission.
5 Black Caps gamers who will compete within the World Cup are in Bangladesh for a three-match ODI sequence starting on Thursday. On Tuesday, the others are anticipated to board a flight for India.
(With PTI inputs)