After Williamson, Southee will now miss New Zealand’s match against England

After Williamson, Southee will now miss New Zealand’s match against England. Both teams are concerned about the health of their main players ahead of the upcoming England vs. New Zealand ICC World Cup 2023 first game. On October 5, the two teams will square off in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

The two most seasoned players for New Zealand, Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, are expected to leave the team. Despite playing in both of the warm-up games, Williamson is still nursing a right knee injury, according to interim captain Tom Latham. He will take a break for the England game, but the Kiwis are hopeful that he can recover in time for the remainder of the competition.

Tim Southee, on the other hand, is still healing from a fractured thumb he sustained in an ODI against England. There is currently no information on when he will be fit despite having the same surgery.

After Williamson, Southee will now miss New Zealand’s match against England

“Yeah, so Tim and Kane are definitely absent. Due to what occurred to his thumb a few weeks ago, Southee isn’t available for selection, but he’s doing well. I believe he has been out of surgery for almost two weeks, so I hope he can keep improving. Regarding how that plays out with him, it’s somewhat a day-by-day thing. But I’m also crossing my fingers that he’ll be accessible as soon as possible,” Latham remarked at the news conference, as cited.

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Williamson tore his ACL during the IPL 2023 opening game in Ahmedabad, necessitating surgery on his right knee. Even though he performed well in the two exhibition games, he was already disqualified from the tournament’s opening match against England.

He’s been batting wonderfully, which is fantastic to see, and just a few days ago, he went out in the field, so he’s making good progress. Hopefully, he will be on the field soon. I suppose any team without Kane in it is, you know, we’d definitely be better off having him, but from our perspective, I think for him to be here, to be at the World Cup is a testament to – I think the work that he’s put on over the last four to five months to be where he is and I think it’s nearly six months post-surgery and for him to be given a shot.

Jos Buttler, captain of England, said they would not “take big risks” with players’ health early in the competition prior to their final practice before Thursday’s opening match against New Zealand.

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