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New Zealand pacer Tim Southee to undergo surgery on thumb, call on WC availability to be taken next week

New Zealand seamer Tim Southee, who broke a bone in his right thumb during the fourth One-Day International against England at Lord’s, is set to undergo a surgery on Thursday. However, whether or not he can take part in the all important World Cup, will be taken next week.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is hopeful and said, “We’ve got our fingers crossed the surgery goes well for Tim,” Stead said.

“He’ll have some pins or screws inserted in his right thumb and, providing the procedure is a success, it will be a matter of ensuring Tim can tolerate the pain and manage the actual wound when returning to train and play,” said Stead.

“Our opening game of the World Cup against England is not until Thursday October 5 in Ahmedabad, so that would be our logical target in terms of his availability.

“Tim’s obviously a hugely experienced and important figure in our team and we want to give him every chance to be part of this World Cup campaign,” he added.

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Southee, who featured the last time the tournament was held in India in 2011, will be playing in his fourth ODI World Cup.

The Black Cap, who went down 1-3 in the ODIs against England, have flown to Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series, starting Thursday.

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They will take on Pakistan and South Africa in the World Cup warm up matches on September 29 and October 2 respectively before playing the tournament opener against England on October 5.

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