World Twenty20 2012 September 18, 2012

New Zealand hit as Southee, Nicol fall sick

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New Zealand's World Twenty20 squad have been hit by some serious bouts of gastro, with the fast bowler Tim Southee and the batsman Rob Nicol too ill to travel with the team from Colombo to Kandy ahead of their opening match against Bangladesh, New Zealand Cricket has confirmed.

Southee felt unwell on Monday morning, and was unable to take part in New Zealand's warm-up loss to South Africa. Nicol was ill overnight and it was decided that neither he nor Southee should accompany the team on the journey to Kandy.

Instead, both have remained in Colombo under the observation of the New Zealand team doctor. Southee has been taken to hospital to be treated for signs of dehydration.

"Southee reported to medical staff that he felt unwell yesterday morning," New Zealand cricket said in a statement. "He was not able to attend the warm-up match against South Africa and subsequently displayed symptoms associated with gastro-enteritis.

"Nicol was sick over-night and could not travel comfortably this morning so also remain in Kandy under observation of the team doctor. Because Southee showed signs of dehydration it has been decided that he will receive re-hydration treatment at the local hospital.

"If sufficient improvements are made today the pair will travel to Kandy this afternoon."

"We're pretty diligent in how we go about things but we can't contain everything," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said. "I think they'll be up either tonight or first thing in the morning, it's just precautionary."

The spin bowler Daniel Vettori, meanwhile, has also suffered from stomach trouble but has recovered sufficiently to travel with the rest of the squad. "Dan's still pretty low in terms of energy levels but getting back up," Hesson added.

Their match against Bangladesh will take place on Friday.

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  • crikcool on September 20, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    An even game on the cards as both teams are talented and could demolish any bowling attack on their day. But they can also just ruin into dust in other odd days........So just keeping my fingers crossed & hoping for an unpredictable finish........THATZ 20/20 FOR U AL

  • braindead_rocker on September 19, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    If the Mccullums fire, then Bangladesh will be on their way out.

  • shafi ahmed on September 19, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    This will be one sided match. Bangladesh will thrash nz. Southee is not regular in t20 squad, their main 4 bowlers are kyle mills, vettory, bracewell, milne and oram, ken williamson, guptil chipping in

  • shafi ahmed on September 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Shakib , tamim and elias will destroy nz. Mark my word

  • dummy4fb on September 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    @zn264...lol whoa! easy there bro! don't get too carried away have you forgotten that none of the Asian teams at the Asia Cup could 'demolish' lol Bangladesh oh wait New Zealand 'demolished' Bangladesh 4-0 recently did they? good Luck though :P

  • zn264 on September 19, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @all5stars I guess I find it insulting to always see people referring to 'gods' knowing all and that belief will some how help your team win - as apposed to discussing the game at hand. Hence my statement. Did this god get angry at our players so he made them sick? I guess if everyone prays to the 'right' god, then every team should win, and we'll have draws in every sport in the world, right?. Please don't bring up fairy tales on forums such as these, it has no place in the discussion of our great game, thanks.

  • r0ketman on September 19, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @zn264: I would hold off on trash talking till the match is over if I was a Kiwi fan. The last time the two teams met in the subcontintent for a series, they were Banglawashed. "Allah knows best" is an expression used by Muslims to talk about future or unknown scenarios, no need to attack that statement. You are welcome to talk trash about the teams, like all fans do, we will just have to wait and see who laughs in the end when the fat lady sings!:-)

  • ankit_barry on September 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    all5stars: None insulted, he just said something. Hope to see some good matches, somehow Srilanka with all its natural beauty doesn't hold good for an international event & it pains me

  • Cricinfouser on September 19, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @zn264 no need to insult religions while expressing your opinion. Imo it will Still be a close match. Best of luck to both teams.

  • zn264 on September 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    I'm sorry facebook poster; allah doesn't know anything...but I know the Black Caps will demolish Bangly!!! C'mon boys, get well soon, get out there and show em what we've got!

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