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New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee will miss the upcoming ODI series against Australia as he has failed to sufficiently recover from a foot injury.
Southee sustained the injury during the ODI series against Sri Lanka last month and the Black Caps are now hoping that he will be ready in time for the Test series next month.
“Tim is progressing nicely and he’ll be with us this week (in Wellington) to help work with his rehab,” New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said. “He’s unlikely (to play the Australia ODIs). We’ll focus on the Test series at this stage and make sure that he’s firing. We certainly won’t force him playing any games earlier than that unless we need him.”
Meanwhile, Hesson also revealed that captain Brendon McCullum should make an appearance in the third ODI against Pakistan on January 31 after recovering from a back injury.
“Brendon’s likely to be back for (the third one-dayer against Pakistan on January 31),” Hesson said. “He’s progressing really well and doing plenty of work away from the game, from a fitness point of view and we’re really pleased with the way he’s tracking.
“Hopefully he’ll play a part in the Pakistan series and if he does that will be good prep for the Chappell-Hadlee (against Australia) and beyond.”