England v New Zealand: Black Caps’ Tim Southee fit for first Test

England v New Zealand: Black Caps head coach Mike Hesson confirms Tim Southee will be fit for the first Test at Lord's this week

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey

Tim Southee will be fit to lead New Zealand’s bowling attack for this week’s first Test match against England, according to Black Caps head coach Mike Hesson.

The 24-year-old suffered a foot injury during the Black Caps’ warm-up match against the England Lions but has been cleared to play after undergoing scans.

The results revealed that the injury was not serious and he needs a couple of days rest.

“Tim’s fine. It was very much a precautionary response really from us,” said Kiwis head coach Hesson.

“We sent him down to London for further investigation, and basically the result was as we hoped.”

Hesson added: “He’s had some treatment to his left toe, and we’re very comfortable he’ll be right for the first Test.”

Southee is New Zealand’s most experienced bowler having played 24 Tests with seventy-one wickets to his name.

His ability to swing the ball both ways caused England’s batsmen trouble in the recent series and Hesson indicated that the tourists may opt to play four seamers at Lord’s.

“Absolutely, it’s an option,” Hesson said.

“We are not closed in our views in terms of who we play. Whoever is left out is a tough decision but we have got to pick the best side for the conditions.”

The first Test starts on Thursday.

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