New Zealand’s right-arm fast bowler, Tim Southee has been ruled out of the three-match Test Series against India which starts on September 22 after suffering an ankle injury. The right-arm fast bowler Matt Henry, who last played against Australia earlier this year has been named as replacement for Tim Southee.
Southee injured his left ankle during a training session and a scan revealed a grade two ligament tear. Southee will now return to New Zealand as the team management believes to have him back for the ODI series against India which begins on October 16.
“Tim has been working hard in preparation for this tour, so he’s understandably very disappointed to be ruled out of all three Tests,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said on Friday (September 16).
“The focus now is for Tim to give his ankle 7-10 days rest, before slowly building his bowling loads back up ahead of the ODI series. We’ve got a replacement who is ready to go in Matt Henry and he’ll join the team before the start of the first Test.”
New Zealand to miss most experienced bowler, Tim Southee as he played 52 test matches and grabed 177 wickets so far.
Currenty, New Zealand playing three-day practice match against Mumbai ahead of the first-test match which starts on September 22 in Kanpur.