Southee declared fit for one-dayers

Southee declared fit for one-dayers

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Pace bowler Tim Southee, who has been working his way back from ankle surgery, has been passed fit for the one-day cricket series against Bangladesh.Pace bowler Tim Southee is set to make his return to international cricket after being passed fit for New Zealand’s three one-dayers against Bangladesh.
The Northern Districts right-armer missed the two drawn Tests as he continued to work his way back after ankle surgery in July.
Skipper Brendon McCullum has confirmed Southee’s availability for the opening ODI in Dhaka on Tuesday.
“It’s exciting for him,” McCullum said.
“He’s gone through a couple of weeks of intense work over here and he’ll be fit to play in these short-version games.”
Along with Southee, McCullum is among survivors from the Black Caps’ 4-0 loss in Bangladesh three years ago.
“You want to right the wrongs of what unfolded back then, but it’s a different team that’s over here,” he said.
“We know we didn’t play well during that 2010 series and we got caught on the hop a little bit, but I think we’re better prepared now.”
He believes the Black Caps have a squad that will be more capable of dealing with the challenge of limiting the impact of the home spinners.
McCullum, who averaged just 18 in the two Tests and hasn’t scored a Test ton in almost three years, won’t go on to Sri Lanka with the Black Caps when the Bangladesh tour ends.
Instead, he will return to New Zealand with Ross Taylor to prepare for the home Test series against the West Indies.
Asked if he was comfortable with that decision, McCullum said the reasons behind it were valid, even if it was always disappointing to miss out on playing for the Black Caps.
It would give opportunities for others, while helping him and Taylor freshen up ahead of a long summer.
McCullum was speaking ahead of the Black Caps’ departure for a training session at Shere Bangla National Stadium on Monday.
They cancelled their session the previous day amid violence in the country during a three-day strike against the government.
McCullum said the team heeded advice to remain at their hotel, and they felt safe and comfortable there.
“We’ve now been given the advice that it’s now OK to head out to training this afternoon, so at least we’ll get a good hit-out,” he said.
“Bangladesh are in the same boat, so certainly no excuses.” – Nzcity via Google

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