India vs New Zealand: Tim Southee ruled out of Tests; Matt Henry named replacement

Reuters, Sep, 17 2016

Wellington: New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the three-match Test series in India with an ankle injury and will be replaced by paceman Matt Henry.

Southee felt pain in his front foot while bowling in training and a scan had shown a ligament strain in his left ankle, New Zealand's cricket board said.

New Zealand paceman Tim Southee. AFP

New Zealand paceman Tim Southee. AFP

The 27-year-old, New Zealand's most experienced Test bowler with 52 matches and 177 wickets, will return home for rest and rehab but was expected to be available for the one-day internationals starting mid-October.

"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.

"The focus now is for Tim to give his ankle seven to 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."

The 24-year-old Henry has played just three more Tests since his debut against England at Lord's last year, his last match against Australia in Christchurch in February.

The series opener starts in Kanpur on 22 September before further matches in Kolkata and Indore.

Published Date: Sep 17, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 17, 2016



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2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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5 New Zealand 5123 111
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