New Zealand in South Africa 2012-13 December 20, 2012

Injured Southee ruled out of Tests in South Africa

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Tim Southee, the New Zealand fast bowler, has been ruled out of the Test series in South Africa because of a thumb injury. He needs surgery for a ruptured ligament and is likely to be sidelined for six-eight weeks.

Southee sustained the injury while diving in the field during a Plunket Shield match between Northern Districts and Wellington at Karori Park. He scored 156 off 130 balls and took seven wickets in Northern Districts' six-wicket win.

"He landed heavily on his thumb while fielding, with scans indicating the ligament has fully ruptured and retracted," New Zealand physio Paul Close said. "After consultation with NZC medical staff and a hand specialist it was decided the best course of action is for him to have surgery.

"He will commence rehabilitation immediately following the procedure, with a view to him returning to cricket during the home summer.
The procedure is likely to keep him out of the game for 6-8 weeks."

Southee, who is due to become a father soon, was already missing the Twenty20s in South Africa. New Zealand had not decided on a replacement for Southee, who was their best bowler in the drawn Test series in Sri Lanka, where he took 12 wickets in two matches. Eight of those came in the second Test in Colombo, which New Zealand won by 167 runs.

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  • ricardo on December 22, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    If with Ross and Southee New Zealand are a weak side...then without their best batsman and bowler (Southee & Ross) they are extremely week and definitely will struggle against the world number one

  • Pierre on December 21, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Nathan - Donald's exact comment was: "Southee COULD become the best swing bowler in the world." In other words, he has the potential but still needs some fine-tuning - which is exactly the point I am making. Since Donald said that almost two years ago Southee has only occasionally lived up to the hype. He was horrible against SA and very good against Sri Lanka. He is clearly not the finished article yet and his career can still go either way. My comment was in response to someone saying that the Proteas 'got lucky again' when Southee was injured and that he would have almost single-handedly run through SA. I don't think that would have happened since the likes of Smith, Kallis, Amla and De Villiers are very used to playing on seaming wickets. If Southee has a few good seasons in a row I will be the first to put my hand up and say he is world class.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Also the case of Milne... Workload does need to be managed. Milne has been managed extremely well with the past two years gone by and only and handful of 2020s.

    150kmph is much better suited for tests. Hes old enough now to maintain his own fitness. Chuck him in there with Neil Wagner.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    PDV1... Sighhh! Read my comment again. It is based off what the White Lightning said. I will try dig up the interview for you on video.

    Basically what you are saying is that you think you know more than one of the worlds greatest bowlers (white lightning)...

    Or you misread my comment. Whilst i agree he is up and down. Steyn went through that in his career. A lot! Southee has had a lot of success with a lot of failures. But he has been playing some good cricket this year. Whilst i don't believe he will ever be the best, i feel he may get close to the top like allen donald said in the tv interview.


  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Wagner... They simply HAVE to bring Wagner in... In fact why on earth hasn't he been one of the first quick's picked lately...?

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Southee was awesome against Sri Lanka

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Am I the only one absolutely stunned that Southee scored 156?!?!

  • Shane on December 20, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    PDV1 - Southee's test career needs to be looked at by comparing the last year with the time before that. I agree that he hasn't delivered in tests in the past, and I actually felt he should have been dropped at the start of this year from the test team. But his performances this year have been extremely good, and over this time his career average has actually been going down pretty quick. I also agree that his aggression is over the top and a bit embarrassing at times. But he is definitely going to spearhead our test attack moving forward, along with Boult, and he is delivering results. In fact I think the last 12 months has been the best I have seen our bowling attack in years (if only we were scoring runs at the same time). This injury is a huge loss, just when Southee had found his rhythm.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Some silly comments here....Southee's history is very much up or down - he's either in form or he's not, but right now he is bowling better than ever so he is a huge loss to NZ. I agree about Milne being given a chance, he is certainly the quickest in NZ, but bowlers that young and that quick need careful management of their workload, just look at Pat Cummins of Australia, bowling 145kmh at 18yrs old last season, and nowhere to be seen this year thanks to injury. McLenaghan looks a good bet too so here's a chance for him to make an impression. NZ has good pace bowling stocks...all we need is a batting line up that can consistently score 400 in the 1st innings of a test and we'll rocket up the test rankings.

  • Pierre on December 20, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Gagg if you think Southee is the best bowler in the world on seaming wickets they must not be broadcasting South African, Australian and English games where you are based!! Yes, any bowler can be punished on the odd day, even Steyn. The key is to look at someone's career as a whole and Southee, for all his potential, still has to prove himself. I'm not saying he won't one day be a really good bowler but at this moment he just isn't in the same league as Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Anderson, even Siddle.

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