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Tim Southee Cleared for ODI World Cup After Successful Thumb Surgery

Tim Southee Cleared for ODI World Cup After Successful Thumb Surgery


In a significant boost for the New Zealand National Cricket Team, veteran right-arm pacer Tim Southee has received the green light to join the squad in New Zealand for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. This news has sparked excitement among New Zealand cricket fans as they eagerly anticipate the upcoming tournament.

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023:

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is scheduled to take place in India from October 5 to November 19. Ten formidable teams, including India, South Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Bangladesh, have earned their spots based on the Cricket World Cup Super League standings. Sri Lanka and the Netherlands have also secured their places following a remarkable performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

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New Zealand’s Campaign Begins:

New Zealand, the finalists in the 2019 World Cup, will commence their campaign on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Their opening match will be against the defending champions, England. However, before the main event, the BlackCaps have two crucial warm-up matches lined up. On September 29, they will face Pakistan in Hyderabad, followed by a match against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on October 2. These matches will serve as valuable opportunities for the team to fine-tune their strategies and adapt to Indian conditions.

Tim Southee’s Setback and Recovery:

New Zealand faced a significant setback when their top-rated pacer, Tim Southee, suffered a thumb injury while fielding during the fourth ODI against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground on September 15. The injury led to a dislocated and fractured thumb, posing a considerable challenge for the Kiwis. Southee underwent surgery to address the issue.

The Positive Update:

On September 26, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) provided a much-awaited update on Tim Southee’s situation via Twitter. According to NZC’s statement, Southee has been cleared to join the New Zealand squad in India for the upcoming World Cup. The tweet also mentioned that as a contingency plan, pace bowler Kyle Jamieson will also join the World Cup squad in India for training.

“Tim Southee’s been cleared to join the BLACKCAPS in India later this week as he continues to progress his recovery from surgery on his fractured right thumb. As a contingency, pace bowler Kyle Jamieson will also join the World Cup squad in India this week to train. #CWC23,” read NZC’s official statement.

New Zealand’s Squad for ICC World Cup 2023:

Kane WilliamsonCaptain
Trent BoultBowler
Mark ChapmanBatsman
Devon ConwayBatsman/Wicketkeeper
Lockie FergusonBowler
Matt HenryBowler
Tom LathamBatsman/Wicketkeeper
Daryl MitchellAll-Rounder
Jimmy NeeshamAll-Rounder
Glenn PhillipsBatsman/Wicketkeeper
Rachin RavindraAll-Rounder
Mitch SantnerAll-Rounder
Ish SodhiBowler
Tim SoutheeBowler
Will YoungBatsman


With Tim Southee’s successful recovery and clearance to participate in the ODI World Cup, New Zealand’s prospects for the tournament have received a significant boost. The Kiwis are set to bring their A-game as they compete against the world’s best cricketing nations, aiming to make their mark in this prestigious event. Fans eagerly await the thrilling contests that await in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

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