New Zealand news January 10, 2016

Southee out of Pakistan T20s with foot injury

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Tim Southee is set to be out of action for two-three weeks after CT scans revealed severe bruising on his left foot © Getty Images

The bruising in Tim Southee's left foot will keep the pacer out of the three-match T20 series against Pakistan, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Sunday. Southee suffered the injury during the third ODI against Sri Lanka, and though it was originally hoped he could recover in time for T20s against Pakistan, a CT scan has revealed slightly more serious bruising.

New Zealand have not set a date for Southee's return, but said they will continue to monitor the injury. Batting coach Craig McMillan told radio station Newstalk ZB that the aim was to have him fit for the ODIs against Australia, which begin on February 3. For now, New Zealand have only ruled him out for the T20 leg of Pakistan tour.

"It's something that will take a wee while to get right," McMillan said. "I'm not exactly sure of the time frame - whether it's two to three weeks - as to where he is at. The plan in place, fingers crossed, is that hopefully he'll be back for the end of the season - back firing for the Australia series."

Southee's absence will be a substantial blow, as he is seen as the spearhead of the limited overs attack. However, New Zealand have substantial depth in their pace battery. Matt Henry was took 13 wickets at an average of 9.38 in three ODIs against Sri Lanka. Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Adam Milne have also had good outings in the past two weeks.

"It's reassuring to have those options," McMillan said. "One of the great things from this series against Sri Lanka has been the form of Matt Henry. That shows a confidence to come into the set-up and perform straight away."

The first of Pakistan's T20s will be played in Auckland, on January 15. Their ODI series in the country begins on January 25.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • SameOld on January 11, 2016, 8:51 GMT

    @SIXFOUROUT: My long reply to your comment seems to have disappeared, but the short version is:

    Where did you find that top 6 stat? Because I suspect you made it up. Southee has dismissed more openers than tail-enders over his career, across formats. His inability to "cash in" against lesser batsmen seems to be what inflates his averages.

    In the three years up to 2015, he averaged 25. For three full years. He is the best bowler NZ have. Boult is challenging for that title, but he's not there yet.

  • SameOld on January 11, 2016, 7:25 GMT

    @SIXFOUROUT:

    Fewer than 1/3 of Southee's Test wickets are of batsmen listed 7 - 11 on the scorecard. He has dismissed more openers (47) than batsmen listed 8- 11 (37). This pattern is repeated in ODIs and T20Is. His failure to "cash in" against weaker batsmen is pretty much the reason his averages are over 30 at all. Well, that and the fact that he and Vettori were NZ's entire attack for Southee's first couple of seasons. If anyone had bothered recording who was bowling at the other end while wickets fell, I'd wager Southee would be near the top of the world ranking. He also averaged about 25 for the three years up to 2015 (a year in which NZ toured the UAE and Australia, which would mess up almost anyone's average). THAT is why it's the "The Southee & Boult Show", THAT is why oppositions do indeed fear him, and THAT is why Henry or anyone else is going to have to bash the door down to get picked ahead of him when he's fit.

  • SixFourOut on January 11, 2016, 0:56 GMT

    Outside-Off, I think why man people don't rate him is because he's been given a chance for 8 long years and still has a mediocre average in all formats. He has one good game a year and rides on the coat tails and keeps his place rather astoundingly, whilst better players get kept out. He only functions remotely well when someone else takes the first 4 wickets of the top order. Look at his performances versus the top six of all teams, it's one of the worst in the world for all bowlers EVER. A 7 wicket haul against a weak England, let's him be part of the tag "Boult & Southee". Let's be honest, no one's worried about Southee when Boult is at full speed.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 10, 2016, 20:43 GMT

    I think pakistan would have prefered facing than some others at more pace. but i think it be a good contest of pace in this series. Aamir Vs Boult. looking forward to start.

  • Athar_Mazari on January 10, 2016, 19:03 GMT

    Pakistan has a very good t20 side under leadership of Afridi. Though Southee's absence will benefit Pakistani batters but Pakistani spectators will be deprived to see the skills of this good bowler. Very good cricket will be played and people will enjoy the matches. Best of luck both teams. Athar Mazari Rojhan Pakistan.

  • shaheersyed on January 10, 2016, 15:49 GMT

    Wow! In that picture Southee really looks like Mohammed Amir and this is a huge blow for New Zealand too.

  • Outside-off on January 10, 2016, 15:45 GMT

    Asif, not Amir. My mistake in previous post.

  • Outside-off on January 10, 2016, 15:43 GMT

    Many don't rate this guy but in a functioning team where nearly everyone is performing well Southee is still one of our most valuable players. He just doesn't bowl with enough pace to scare anybody out. Don't write him off. As far as Pakistan, well it's been nearly 12 months since they were here last. I fancy New Zealand is a much stronger side. Mccullum was in pretty outstanding form around that time, but so was Williamson & Taylor. We have a lot of options with bat and ball. Pakistan without Afridi, Khan, Ajmal, but we see the return of the prodigal son, Amir. Could he be the difference? We have a guy by the name of Matt Henry and by golly gosh, he likes taking wickets!! Should be a good series but NZ at home, in form, are very warm favourites. It's cricket, so anything can happen on the day but I think this is an exciting team with many players eager to do well. Go the blackcaps & Good luck to both teams!! Here's hoping you have a safe & speedy recovery young Tim!

  • Cricinfouser on January 10, 2016, 11:49 GMT

    hugh blow of newzeland beat of luck pakistan

  • SijuSK on January 10, 2016, 11:49 GMT

    I like the bench strength of New Zealand. They got a number of good bowlers to come in for injury or bad form.

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