Southee and Ferguson to Return for New Zealand vs Netherlands

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Southee and Ferguson to Return for New Zealand vs Netherlands

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Kane Williamson’s recovery is ongoing as New Zealand prepares to take on the Netherlands in the sixth match of the 2023 World Cup at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on October 9.

New Zealand faced challenges with key players, particularly bowlers, during their opening match against England. Despite these fitness issues, they managed to shine, with Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner stepping up and Matt Henry leading the bowling attack. In the match against England, New Zealand’s bowlers played a pivotal role in their nine-wicket victory, with Henry taking three wickets and Phillips and Santner collectively claiming four wickets.

Tom Latham’s side exhibited bold selection decisions, allowing them to allocate 20 overs to their part-time bowlers, including Rachin Ravindra, who bowled his full quota of 10 overs.

The explosive 23-year-old opener, reminiscent of Sanath Jayasuriya, achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the youngest to score a century on his World Cup debut. Devon Conway also made a significant contribution with a 121-ball 152.

The positive news for New Zealand is that fast bowlers Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee are set to make their return in the second game against the Netherlands, having recovered from their injuries.

The Netherlands, the only associate nation in the tournament, provided a scare to Pakistan in their opening match but struggled with the bat, resulting in a loss. As they participate in their fifth World Cup, having debuted in 1996, Scott Edwards’ team will need to bolster their batting depth to pose a challenge against New Zealand.

Reference:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/icc-world-cup-2023-ferguson-southee-fit-williamson-to-remain-on-the-sidelines-for-netherlands-clash-1401711

https://www.tbsnews.net/sports/williamson-miss-netherlands-match-southee-and-ferguson-regain-fitness-714470

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