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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  • amemberoftheelect23 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

  • PDV1 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Tah!

  • 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...?

  • on December 21, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Southee was awesome against Sri Lanka

  • on December 20, 2012, 22:57 GMT

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

  • shane-oh 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.

  • 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.

  • PDV1 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.

  • amemberoftheelect23 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

  • PDV1 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Tah!

  • 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...?

  • on December 21, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Southee was awesome against Sri Lanka

  • on December 20, 2012, 22:57 GMT

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

  • shane-oh 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.

  • 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.

  • PDV1 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.

  • PDV1 on December 20, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Nathan - Southee is ranked 19th in the world and has a bowling average of 35, which in the greater scheme of things is ordinary. In the Test series between the Proteas and NZ earlier this year, Southee bowled 36 overs and couldn't take a single wicket. If that's not average I'm not sure what is. Sure he has potential but until he consistently starts knocking over the best sides in the world he won't be in the same league as Steyn, Morkel and Philander.

  • StevieS on December 20, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Nathan Bell I would go as far as he is the best in the world on a seaming wicket. PDV1 I remember Stein getting smashed all around the ground against Australia a number of years back, by your logic he is also average at best

  • Game_Gazer on December 20, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    what a shame !! man. he was peaking !!

  • on December 20, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    PDV1 - You are a joke. Calling him average at best is a childish remark. Even the great Allen Donald, who is your bowling coach quoted said he expects Southee to be the best in the world at some point. Whilst i'm not sure on the "best" i do expect him to be up there with the best at some point.

    Milne needs to be given a go in test matches. Enough of this 2020/1 day bleed garbage. Give him a test match. The guy is bowling quicker than Dale Steyn and yet he cant make the NZ test squad.........

  • on December 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Mark Gillespie had SA on the back foot earlier in the year, anybody know how bad his injury is?

  • drfarnsworth on December 20, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Dashgar - Ronchi will be eligible for New Zealand on January 13, 2013, which will mark 4 years since he last played for Australia. Looks like he'll be picked almost straight away with the form he is in.

  • Dashgar on December 20, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Any chance Luke Ronchi will play in this series. Southee had a good game before going down but check out Luke's, 2 tons.

  • on December 20, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @G-WYLL your absolutely true.maybe this is the chance for wagner to shine n show the people of his home country wat hes capable of n put young speedstar milne in the place of southee.

  • 777aditya on December 20, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Tough luck NZ - Southee was shaping up very well in the past year or so. When going against the best side in the world, that too in their own den, you surely need all your best players to be 100% fit - NZ have the surprise element, though, dont think that can avoid a white wash in RSA.

  • PDV1 on December 20, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    jonesy2, the Proteas don't need luck to whip the Black Caps. Anyway, Southee is dead average. I remember him sledging Richard Levi in a T20 game in New Zealand after Levi had hit him to all parts on the way to a hundred. A lot of aggression with very little to back it up.

  • JamesX on December 20, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    This is literally the worst possible thing that could have happened, there is now zero chance for the Black Caps to avoid anything other than complete humiliation. I predict and innings and 798 run loss within on day 1 of the first test.

  • Brenton1 on December 20, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Dissapointing that NZ wont be able to field their best team against the #1 team. It wasnt as hyped as the easily won series in England and the fantastic win in Oz where the aussies got crushed in the final test after dominating earlier tests but ultimately didnt deserve to win. I was looking forward to watching a competitive series at home. Good opportunity for someone to put their hand up for NZ. But still 2-0 to SA, both games probably ending in the 4th day.

  • jonesy2 on December 20, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    they have no chance now with southee playing i would have given NZ a good chance of at least drawing a series. SA get lucky yet again

  • Last_ride on December 20, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Oh come on this is ridiculous was really expecting a fight. All that has been blown away. I hope i am wrong though.South Africa 2-0 comfortably.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 20, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Goodness me. It's going to be murder in the sunshine in SA. Kiwi cricket in free fall.

  • AKS286 on December 20, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    nothing new for NZ cricket. the NZ team is suffering from INJURY. injury is the history of NZ cricket which ruin their players & status. and also one thing they don't suffer with normal injuries. they injury is like retirement or see you after 2 years.

  • satish619chandar on December 20, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    What a pity.. He was in good form. NZ could have needed him badly against mighty SAF.

  • pratit on December 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    First, Ross Taylor and now Tim Southee. Can't blame the SA broadcaster for not showing this series

  • G-Wyll on December 20, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    This series will be very useful for blooding some new talent and there's no expectations of success either so the pressure on NZ is minimal. By the time England arrive in NZ, we'll have McCullum as captain (the best option by far) and Vettori, Taylor, and (hopefully) Ryder and Southee rested and ready, plus good depth coming through for injury-cover. Mark my words, NZ cricket is around 2 months away from putting its best team in almost a decade on the field, and potentially its best team ever. We are building well, we have tasted two good overseas test wins in the last year, and the only way really for us is up. We may have a third golden age just around the corner - believe it.

  • TrickyKid on December 20, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    In that game he made 156 and took a 5 for... Any NZ player who can avoid complete embarrassment in this series should have the South Island renamed after them.

  • edgie on December 20, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    damn, that is like handing the test series on a silver platter to the proteas!! becoming a joke now to be honest...

  • hithardpastmidon on December 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    This is an absolute disaster. I am not looking forward to watching the boys get whipped by test team #1... Who is gonna step up?? Maybe Wagner is ready to show his old homeland what he's made of.

  • Clan_McLachlan on December 20, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    oh dear. No Taylor, no Vettori, no Southee. This is like NZ B.

  • THE_MIZ on December 20, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    You have got to be kidding me! Another injury? Ranked 8th in the world and with little hope of beating SA, though they will compete I'm sure, they now arrive without Vettori, Taylor (best batsman),Ryder, Southee (best bowler). Nz are always exciting to watch, almost like the underdog everyone loves but its hard to see how they are going to cope now. @thoughtful_blabber, a farce indeed. A Disappointed SA fan.

  • abidsalim on December 20, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    There goes Kiwis only hope of competing in the test series. They should just call off the series..makes no sense playing. Half the team is missing their only batsman capable of scoring runs who deserves a place is sitting out coz of some lame rift with the coach and board.

  • KunzMan on December 20, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    the series will be a farce now officially!

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  • KunzMan on December 20, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    the series will be a farce now officially!

  • abidsalim on December 20, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    There goes Kiwis only hope of competing in the test series. They should just call off the series..makes no sense playing. Half the team is missing their only batsman capable of scoring runs who deserves a place is sitting out coz of some lame rift with the coach and board.

  • THE_MIZ on December 20, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    You have got to be kidding me! Another injury? Ranked 8th in the world and with little hope of beating SA, though they will compete I'm sure, they now arrive without Vettori, Taylor (best batsman),Ryder, Southee (best bowler). Nz are always exciting to watch, almost like the underdog everyone loves but its hard to see how they are going to cope now. @thoughtful_blabber, a farce indeed. A Disappointed SA fan.

  • Clan_McLachlan on December 20, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    oh dear. No Taylor, no Vettori, no Southee. This is like NZ B.

  • hithardpastmidon on December 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    This is an absolute disaster. I am not looking forward to watching the boys get whipped by test team #1... Who is gonna step up?? Maybe Wagner is ready to show his old homeland what he's made of.

  • edgie on December 20, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    damn, that is like handing the test series on a silver platter to the proteas!! becoming a joke now to be honest...

  • TrickyKid on December 20, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    In that game he made 156 and took a 5 for... Any NZ player who can avoid complete embarrassment in this series should have the South Island renamed after them.

  • G-Wyll on December 20, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    This series will be very useful for blooding some new talent and there's no expectations of success either so the pressure on NZ is minimal. By the time England arrive in NZ, we'll have McCullum as captain (the best option by far) and Vettori, Taylor, and (hopefully) Ryder and Southee rested and ready, plus good depth coming through for injury-cover. Mark my words, NZ cricket is around 2 months away from putting its best team in almost a decade on the field, and potentially its best team ever. We are building well, we have tasted two good overseas test wins in the last year, and the only way really for us is up. We may have a third golden age just around the corner - believe it.

  • pratit on December 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    First, Ross Taylor and now Tim Southee. Can't blame the SA broadcaster for not showing this series

  • satish619chandar on December 20, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    What a pity.. He was in good form. NZ could have needed him badly against mighty SAF.