Cricket

New Zealand vs West Indies: Tim Southee to opt out of first Test due to the impending birth of his second child

  • AP
  • November 29th, 2017
  • 11:08:55 IST

Wellington: New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee will not play in the first Test against the West Indies from Friday because of the impending birth of his second child.

New Zealand's Tim Southee bowls during the second Test cricket match between New Zealand and South Africa at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on March 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE

File image of New Zealand's Tim Southee. AFP

Coach Mike Hesson confirmed on Wednesday that the 57-Test veteran will miss the first match of the two-test series, saying "family is the priority."

Hesson said Southee is staying at home "and we're very supportive of that. (The baby) is due any day now."

Southee's withdrawal leaves Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry in competition for the vacancy in the New Zealand attack.

Hesson said that the choice is between Ferguson's extra pace and Henry's ability to move the ball off the seam.

Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell will make his debut for New Zealand in place of BJ Watling, who has a hip injury.

Updated Date: November 29, 2017 11:08:55 IST

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