World Cup 2023: Big blow to New Zealand, another player out of the match against England

The first match in the World Cup (World Cup 2023) starting from October 5 is going to be between two big teams. The first match of ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between England and New Zealand. However, before this match, a bad news is coming from the New Zealand camp and fast bowler Tim Southee is out of the match. Regular captain Kane Williamson’s exit was announced a few days ago, now Saudi is also out. Stand-in captain Tom Latham gave an update on the fitness of the veteran bowler and informed that the right-arm fast bowler will not be available for selection against England.

Tim Southee suffered a right thumb injury while fielding in the final ODI of the recently concluded series against England and returned to India after surgery a few days ago. On reaching Ahmedabad, Southee said that his thumb is still soft and he has started bowling a little more. Perhaps, this is why New Zealand does not want to take a risk by playing their leading bowler in the first match.

Tom Latham is hopeful that Tim Southee will be available soon.

Both Kane and Saudi will not be there. He (Saudi) is not available for selection. He is recovering well and it has been almost two weeks since the surgery, so hopefully he will be back soon. It is a daily process. But we hope it will be available soon.
Kane Williamson’s exclusion was confirmed even before his first practice match. However, he batted in both the practice matches and also scored a half-century against Pakistan. On the other hand, Saudi has come to India on Sunday and did not participate in both those matches.