Tim Southee nearing return for World Cup after thumb surgery

Veteran fast bowler Tim Southee is making positive strides in his recovery from thumb surgery as he prepares to rejoin New Zealand’s World Cup squad. Southee suffered a fractured right thumb while fielding in a recent ODI against England.

After consulting specialists and undergoing surgery, the 34-year-old is on track to regain full fitness ahead of New Zealand’s World Cup opener against England on October 5 in Ahmedabad.


In the meantime, pace-bowler Kyle Jamieson will join the World Cup squad in India this week for training purposes, although he won’t be officially part of the World Cup squad.

Consequently, he won’t participate in the upcoming warm-up matches against Pakistan and South Africa, scheduled for Friday and Monday, respectively.