Southee joins New Zealand Test squad
Tim Southee has been added to New Zealand's Test squad for the ongoing tour of the West Indies as a replacement for Mark Gillespie, who was ruled out last week due to an ankle injury. New Zealand did not confirm at the time who would take Gillespie's place but Southee, who has played 17 Tests and was already in the Caribbean for the ODIs, appeared the logical answer.
"Tim has impressed with the way he bowled in the one-day series so far and we have seen an improvement from where he was at the end of the home summer," Kim Littlejohn, the national selection manager, said. "He's a like-for-like replacement for Mark in terms of the type of bowler he is and his ability to unsettle the opposition batsmen with pace and bounce."
The loss of Gillespie was a blow for New Zealand after he was their leading wicket taker in the Test series against South Africa earlier this year. The two-Test series begins in Antigua on July 25 and finishes in Jamaica in the first week of August.