ICC World Cup | After Williamson, now Southee to overlook NZ’s opener in opposition to England


Tim Southee of New Zealand throughout a nets session at Narendra Modi Stadium on October 4, 2023 in Ahmedabad
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Already coping with the absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson, New Zealand will play the World Cup-opener in opposition to England on Thursday with out key pacer Tim Southee, who’s but to recover from his thumb surgery.

Stand-in captain Tom Latham mentioned Southee is making good progress after present process surgical procedure final month to deal with his fractured proper thumb.

Southee had suffered the damage whereas making an attempt a catch supplied by Joe Root on the Lord’s in a current sequence which they misplaced 1-3.

Williamson had additionally underwent surgical procedure for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in April and is but to make a comeback to aggressive cricket, although he performed in Kiwis’ warm-up video games forward of the World Cup.

“Obviously no Kane and no Tim as well. He’s unavailable for selection just in terms of what happened to his thumb a couple of weeks ago, but he’s recovering nicely,” Latham advised reporters on the eve of the tournament-opener.

“I think he’s nearly two weeks post-surgery so fingers crossed he can keep recovering. It’s a bit of a day-by-day process with him in terms of what that looks like too. But fingers crossed he’ll be available sooner rather than later as well,” Latham mentioned.

The New Zealand skipper insisted that the end result of their current sequence in addition to what occurred within the World Cup closing 4 years in the past wouldn’t have any bearing once they conflict with the defending champions.

“I don’t think it has any bearing on the next game. It’s about turning up on that specific day and trying to play your best brand of cricket. If we do that and we play to the best of our ability, then we can beat anyone in the world.

“It’s going to be an excellent alternative tomorrow for us to return up in opposition to among the finest groups on this planet for the time being. Conditions are fully completely different to what we performed over in England,” he said.

Despite making the finals of the last two World Cups, New Zealand are not being counted as favourites and Latham said his side likes to ‘fly under the radar’.

“That’s most likely one thing for you guys to resolve, however as I mentioned, we do not essentially concentrate on that. The Kiwis fly beneath the radar slightly bit and go about our enterprise in the way in which that we need to.

“Every team has a different brand that they like to play, a style that they like to play in, and we have ours. We know if we do that and we play to the best of our ability then we are hard to beat on the day,” he mentioned.

The wicketkeeper-batter mentioned pre-tournament predictions don’t matter to the gamers.

“From our point of view, I’m sure like most teams, we’re not necessarily focused on what people are predicting. From our point of view we’re solely focused on what we have to do,” he mentioned.

“The brand of cricket that we want to play at this World Cup is our main focus and when it comes towards the end of the tournament, if we’re in those positions (last four) then that’s great,” he mentioned.

Latham hoped Williamson could be part of the facet quickly.

“Any team that doesn’t have Kane in it is obviously, you know, we’d certainly be better off having him. But from our point of view, for him to be here — to be at the World Cup is a testament to — the work that he’s put on over the last four to five months to be where he is.

“It’s practically six months post-surgery for him to be given a shot, to be given an opportunity to play within the World Cup in some unspecified time in the future can be a testomony to the work that he is put in. So for him it is a day-by-day course of when it comes to the place his restoration is at,” Latham said.

Williamson came up with knocks of 54 and 37 in the two warm-up games against Pakistan and South Africa respectively.

“He’s clearly performed slightly little bit of part of the final two warm-up video games. You know he is been batting fantastically which is nice to see and he was out within the discipline a few days in the past so he is progressing actually properly and fingers crossed he is on the park sooner fairly than later,” Latham signed off.

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