New Zealand is waiting for an experienced bowler to be fit for the Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand wants their fast bowling ace to be healthy for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023.

Tim Southee injured himself during the fourth ODI against England on September 15 when he leapt across with both hands for a catch provided by Joe Root. However, the ball struck his thumb and deflected to the third man.

Southee’s condition was updated by New Zealand, which stated that an x-ray indicated a dislocation and fractured bone in his right thumb.

The Black Caps pacer, on the other hand, is still in contention for the 2017 Cricket World Cup.

In a press conference, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead stated that the choice about Southee will be based on his recovery timeframes.

“We’ll just need to understand the timeframes and what that looks like, and then we’ll be able to move forward and make a decision.”

He also stated that the pacer will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness.

“We’ll want to give Tim every opportunity to prove his fitness.”

“There will be an element of uncertainty because it is a bone fracture, and he will have to start catching balls and bowling again at some point.” He will also benefit from the healing process over the next 10 to 12 days.”

Before travelling to India for the World Cup, New Zealand will play a three-match One-Day International series against Bangladesh. They’ll play warm-up games against Pakistan and South Africa before opening their World Cup campaign against England on October 5 in Ahmedabad.