Cricket World Cup 2023: Tim Southee Cleared to Rejoin New Zealand Squad
Return of the Pace Veteran
Tim Southee, New Zealand’s experienced pace bowler, has been medically cleared to rejoin the squad in India for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. This comes as a significant step in his recovery journey from surgery on his fractured right thumb. Southee had sustained the injury during the final One-Day International (ODI) of a recent series against England.
Kyle Jamieson Joins as Cover
As a precautionary measure, the talented pace bowler Kyle Jamieson will also travel to India this week to train with the World Cup squad. Although not included in the World Cup squad, Jamieson’s presence will provide an additional layer of security for the team. However, he won’t be participating in the warm-up matches scheduled against Pakistan and South Africa.
Remembering the 2019 World Cup
The return of Southee will boost the morale of the team that reached the final of the 2019 World Cup but narrowly missed out on the title due to the controversial “boundary count” rule. The World Cup squad for this year includes Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, and Will Young.
New Zealand’s Recent ODI Victory
In other recent cricket news, New Zealand won their first ODI series in Bangladesh since 2008. The team won the third and final match with a seven-wicket victory. Opener Will Young scored 70 runs off 80 balls and Henry Nicholls remained not out with 50 runs, allowing New Zealand to reach its target in 34.5 overs and secure the series 2-0. Adam Milne, a new addition to the squad, stood out with a 4-34 bowling performance.
Looking Forward to the World Cup 2023
The World Cup 2023 presents another opportunity for New Zealand to prove their mettle on the international cricket stage. With the return of Tim Southee and the inclusion of talented players in the squad, the team looks forward to making a mark in the tournament. The competition is set to be held from October 5 to November 19 in India, with teams from around the world competing for the coveted title.
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