Tim Southee's participation in the ICC World Cup 2023 is in doubt when Pacer sustains a thumb fracture

Tim Southee, a seasoned New Zealand player, fractured his hand during the fourth and final ODI against England at Lord’s and is now in a race against time to recover in time for the forthcoming ICC World Cup in 2023.

In the 14th over of England’s innings, the right-arm pacer attempted to take a catch and dislocated and broke a bone in his right thumb. Tim Southee attempted to dive while positioned at gully on the last ball of the over. Along with failing to catch the ball, he also ended up receiving a nasty blow on the thumb. Tim Southee immediately got up and left the field. He didn’t participate in the game again.

Tim Southee exited the field after hurting his right thumb while attempting to catch Ben Lister’s throw. He won’t be able to return to the field at this time, according to a tweet from New Zealand Cricket on X (previously Twitter).

The fracture was later confirmed in a statement from New Zealand Cricket: “An X-ray has revealed that Tim Southee dislocated and fractured a bone in his right thumb while attempting to take a catch in the 14th over of the first innings.

Tim Southee’s World Cup participation is in jeopardy due to the injury. After the degree of the injuries is confirmed by scans, a final judgment will be made regarding him. Tim Southee is an essential player for his team because of both his bowling ability and experience.

The most seasoned player in the New Zealand squad is the 34-year-old. Since 2008, he has participated in 157 One Day Internationals (ODIs), taking a total of 214 wickets.

Injury woes for New Zealand: Tim Southee wasn’t the first player from New Zealand to get hurt during the game. Daryl Mitchell had to leave the field earlier than him owing to an injury. When the right-handed batter took a catch to get rid of Jonny Bairstow, he dislocated the ring finger on his left hand.

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