Tim Southee suffers thumb fracture, doubtful for World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kiwi paceman Tim Southee‘s participation in the World Cup has been cast into uncertainty as New Zealand Cricket (NZC) revealed that he sustained a fracture in his right thumb while fielding during the fourth and final one-day international (ODI) against England at Lord’s in London on Friday.
“An x-ray has confirmed that Tim Southee dislocated and fractured a bone in his right thumb while attempting to take a catch in the 14th over of the 1st innings,” NZC said in a statement.

“A timeline for his recovery will be established tomorrow when he undergoes further assessment.”
NZC also provided an update on batter Finn Allen, who suffered an injury while on the field as a substitute fielder. Fortunately, he has been cleared of any fracture or break.
New Zealand currently trail England 1-2 in the ODI series. Their next series is against Bangladesh, consisting of three ODIs, and Southee had been rested for this series.


After the Bangladesh series, New Zealand will face defending champions England in their opening game at the 50-over World Cup in India. The status of Southee’s participation in the World Cup will likely depend on the recovery of his thumb injury.
(With Reuters inputs)

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