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April 20, 2017 Tim Southee News
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Southee (hamstring) has been signed by Middlesex, where he'll take part in the NatWest T20 Blast, ESPN Cric Info reports.
Southee was unable to take part in the third Test of New Zealand's series with South Africa due to an injured hamstring. Currently rostered by Mumbai in the IPL, he's been selected just twice in six matches, perhaps due to lingering issues with the ailment. As evidence, he's managed one wicket at a 36.0 strike rate and 9.50 economy rate, which have fallen short of his career marks of 19.5 and 8.26, respectively.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe NZ vice-captain has a Grade 1 tear, but the Black Caps' trainers have decided not to risk it in the third clash against South Africa. Southee has suffered another injury this season – an ankle ligament strain that kept him out of a Test series in India in September. South Africa have injury concerns of their own, with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock in doubt with tendon damage to his right index finger.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving picked up his first five wicket bag in three years against Pakistan at the back end of 2016, Southee took another against Bangladesh including double-hundred maker in the previous test, Shakib Al Hasan. Southee finished with figures of five wickets for 94 runs from 28.3 overs. He also took the catch of Sabbir Rahman off fellow fast bowler Trent Boult's bowling.
Fantasy AnalysisSouthee's first five-wicket haul in over three years helped bowl Pakistan out for 216 runs, 55 runs short of New Zealand's first innings score. Southee started the day with three wickets to his name, the top three batsman, and dismissed three of the four last batsmen to claim his fifth Test five-wicket haul. The match is being played at Seddon Park, Southee's home ground during the domestic season.
Fantasy AnalysisNew Zealand's swing king dominated Pakistan on his home ground, removing both openers in the same over. First to go was Sami Aslam, nicking straight to Jeet Raval at second slip - Aslam dropped Raval twice in New Zealand's first innings. Five balls later stand-in captain Azhar Ali departed, edging an outswinger to BJ Watling behind the stumps. The 27-year-old followed up his double strike with a third wicket four overs later when he sucked Younis Khan into driving at a full, wide ball that took a thin edge to Watling and left Pakistan 12/3. Southee finished day 2 with figures of three for 26.
Fantasy AnalysisWith New Zealand opting for a three-pronged spin attack in Ranchi, it was expected that they would be the biggest danger to the Indian batsmen. It was Southee however who picked up the most wickets, taking three including opener Rohit Sharma and two in two balls later in the innings. Southee finished with the figures of 3/40 from nine overs.
Fantasy AnalysisSouthee came to the crease with New Zealand in trouble at 106/8, until this point only Tom Latham had shown any resistance. Dropped on two off his 13th ball faced, Southee made the most of his chance, hitting consecutive fours later that over. Southee’s maiden ODI half-century came from 40 balls, including five boundaries and three sixes. In New Zealand’s bowling innings, Southee went wicketless, though he did drop a return catch off Virat Kohli when he was on 60 runs.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile the experienced bowler will be sorely missed for the Black Caps' Test series, his return for the forthcoming ODI series will be a big upgrade in quality to the attack. With four four wicket and two five wicket hauls to his name in ODI's, Southee is one of the top international bowlers across all formats. He'll look to continue the success he found in the final innings of the South Africa Test series, picking up three wickets after snagging just three in the previous two Tests combined.
Fantasy AnalysisThe New Zealand quick picked up the injury while in a training session in the lead up to the three-match series and will now fly back home to begin rehabilitation with the goal of returning for the five-match ODI series against India. As a result, Matt Henry has been called into the squad to replace Southee.
Fantasy AnalysisSouthee allowed more boundaries (five fours and one six) than dot balls bowled (four) but managed to nail down the wicket of David Willey. After months of non-stop cricket, fatigue seems to be afflicting Southee, who required a rest for the first ODI of the recent tour. In the remaining four fixtures, the 26-year-old downed four wickets at a 47.0 strike rate and 6.70 economy rate, which are a step behind his figures from the World Cup (32.4 and 5.82, respectively). With no games imminent elsewhere, he'll likely rest up for the beginning of the Black Caps' tour of South Africa on Aug. 14.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter his heavy usage in the two Tests of the Black Caps' current tour of England, Southee sat out the first ODI last Tuesday for purposes of rest. His return Friday wasn't the most crisp of outings, as he gave up 68 off nine wicket-free overs, but his presence of mind at the boundary resulted in the game-winning catch. Knowing his momentum would carry him beyond the ropes on a likely six off the bat of Adil Rashid, Southee threw the ball back to Trent Boult (back) to end England's hopes of victory. En route to Sunday's three-wicket haul, Southee looked like the player that nabbed 15 scalps in New Zealand's nine games at the World Cup.
Fantasy AnalysisSouthee was heavily utilized in the two Tests to start the tour of England, firing 106 overs in all. Thus, the Black Caps afforded him a day off Tuesday in order to be fit for the remaining fixtures. In his previous stretch of ODIs at the World Cup, he posted the second-most wickets for his country, with his 15 toppling every 32.4 balls across nine games.
Fantasy AnalysisSouthee combined to bowl 106 overs in the two Tests that kicked off the Black Caps' current tour of England, so the development isn't incredibly shocking. If the 26-year-old takes a seat Tuesday, he'll prepare for the second of five ODIs on Friday, as well as a T20I to conclude the tour on June 23. After taking 15 wickets with a 5.82 economy rate at the World Cup, he appeared in seven of the Rajasthan Royals' 15 games in IPL play, notching his six scalps every 28.00 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving an 11.50 economy rate is not an ideal stat for a bowler, but capturing the wicket of the dangerous big hitter Pollard is a positive on an otherwise ordinary day. However, the wicket was in the last of Southee's four overs, so he had been ineffective for much of the match. It was a far cry from his best T20 bowling of 6/16, but the Royals would be happy if he bowls to his average of 24.70.
Fantasy AnalysisOn the first ball of the second innings, Southee induced Virender Sehwag into a golden duck, marking the Indian's fourth in IPL action. After the early wicket, though, Southee was a victim of poor fielding, as he allowed four fours and one six, nullifying the effects of 13 dot balls. In three IPL seasons, the Kiwi has played in just nine games, with six wickets to his name at 46.33 and a yielding 8.42 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisGoing wicket-less in both the semifinal and grand final is not an ideal preparation for his upcoming stint with the Rajasthan Royals. His experience of playing 94 ODIs averaging 31.02 with an economy rate of 5.27 should see him bounce back to form fairly quickly. His international T20 figures read quite well with an average of 25.26 at a slightly expensive economy rate of 8.54 but a good strike rate of 17.7.
Fantasy AnalysisSouthee took the new ball and set the stage for the day with an outswinger well wide of the offstump. Nonetheless, he took down the first wicket of Australia's innings in his next over, bowling through the offstump as the dangerous Aaron Finch whiffed. During his second of three three-over spells, Southee ended David Warner's time in the crease as well, which was more of a team accomplishment due to economical overs from Trent Boult and Daniel Vettori to start the match. Southee has recorded two-plus wickets in all eight ODIs in 2015, producing 22 in all for a 17.23 average and 5.29 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisSouthee produced a career-best bowling performance to decimate a brittle English batting order. Throughout this World Cup, he has picked up key new ball wickets and replicated that performance against England, before coming on to clean up the tail. He is the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup with 11 with a strike rate of 14.70.
Fantasy AnalysisSouthee, along with Trent Boult, helped destroy Scotland's top order, leaving it reeling at 4/12. He was on a hat-trick after the taking the wickets of Kyle Coetzer and Preston Mommsen in back-to-back deliveries. Southee has bowled very well on home conditions so far in this World Cup, already taking four wickets while conceding just 78 runs off his 18 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisHe took two for 52 in his one ODI against Pakistan in early February off eight overs and nabbed seven wickets in the ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this year, at 21.57, with an economy rate of 5.45.