Huge Injury blow for the Kiwis ahead of the World Series 2023

By Real11 - Sep 20 2023 172 Views

Tim Southee to undergo surgery on dislocated thumb 

Tim Southee will undergo a surgery on his disjointed thumb on Thursday but remains to fight for his spot in the forthcoming World Series in India. A final call on his availability will be taken once the results of the surgery are out. New Zealand Cricket stated in a release. 

The veteran pacer dislocated his right thumb while fielding in the fourth ODI against England at Lords’ on September 15. He returned back home and upon consulting specialists opted for surgery. 

"We've got our fingers crossed that the surgery goes well for Tim," head coach Gary Stead said. "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.

"Our opening game of the World Series 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 Series campaign."

New Zealand is scheduled to play three ODIs in Bangladesh starting September 21 before the World Series warm ups against Pakistan (September 29) and South Africa (October 2). 

They begin their campaign against reigning champions England in Ahmedabad on October 5. 

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