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New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee will play no part in the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton due to a torn hamstring.
Even though it has only been diagnosed as a grade one tear, the Black Caps are refusing to risk playing Southee as he is a crucial member of their squad.
Southee’s absence leaves New Zealand with four pace bowlers – Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham. As for left-arm seamer Trent Boult, he is still recovering from an upper leg injury that sidelined him for the second Test in Wellington. However, he will be reassessed closer to the start of the third Test on March 25.
This is the second time Southee has been injured in the 2016/17 season as he missed New Zealand’s three-Test series in India in September due to an ankle ligament strain.
As of now, it remains unclear whether Southee’s injury will affect his participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which starts on April 5. The 28-year-old was retained by the Mumbai Indians for the upcoming edition of the tournament.
Going back to the Test series, Southee’s injury is a big blow for New Zealand, especially as they trail 1-0 going into the third Test.