Southee and Ferguson poised for comeback; Williamson to sit out Netherlands clash.

In Thursday’s resounding victory over defending champions England, New Zealand’s Tim Southee (thumb) and Lockie Ferguson (back) remained sidelined due to their ongoing recovery from injuries.

However, there’s good news on the horizon as the Kiwi pace duo is poised to make a comeback in Monday’s World Cup match against the Netherlands. Head coach Gary Stead confirmed this development, indicating that both Southee and Ferguson are progressing positively in their rehabilitation.

Lockie Ferguson had an excellent training session, and as long as he checks out okay this morning, he’ll be ready for the upcoming game, Stead stated. Tim Southee also had an impressive training session. It was heartening to see him back on the bowling crease and even participating in fielding drills.

Regarding Southee’s availability, Stead mentioned that a final x-ray would be conducted in the morning before confirming his selection. Nevertheless, the signs are encouraging for Southee’s return, not only for this match but also for the remainder of the tournament.

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As for regular skipper Kane Williamson, he will continue to sit out the game in Hyderabad to complete his recovery from knee surgery. However, fans can expect to see him back in action against Bangladesh in Chennai on Friday.

Stead shared insights into Williamson’s progress, stating, “Williamson is working on his fielding, aiming to regain confidence in his body. His recovery is on track, and we have strong confidence that he will rejoin the squad for the third match.”

With another training session scheduled for today, the team’s final composition will be decided after assessing their progress. At present, it appears that Kane Williamson will make his tournament debut in the third game.


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