Foot injury rules Tim Southee out of Sri Lanka T20Is

Foot injury rules Tim Southee out of Sri Lanka T20Is
Tim Southee will be replaced by Matt Henry in the New Zealand T20I squad that will face Sri Lanka.
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New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee will sit out of the Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka after scans on his injured foot showed a bruise on the bone.

Southee picked up the injury while bowling in the third One-Day International in Nelson and Matt Henry took his place in the squad for the remaining games.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed that Henry will take the place of Southee in the T20I squad for the two games against Sri Lanka.

New Zealand’s coach Mike Hesson expressed disappointment at the injury to Southee but stated that the team management will be working hard to ensure his complete recovery.

"Tim was feeling really fresh after coming back from a break for the first two ODIs, so it's certainly disappointing for him that this has happened now," Hesson said.

"Tim's obviously a key member of our team and been a strong performer for us in all three formats, so he's a big loss.

"We haven't set a date for his return at this point, but will continue to monitor him and work to get him back to full fitness as quickly as possible." 

The third ODI against Sri Lanka in Nelson was Southee's first game in the format since June 2015 after he was given a rest for the tour of Africa.

In the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Southee played a crucial role by picking 15 wickets from nine matches to complement Trent Boult who had a tournament haul of 22 scalps.

The two-match T20I series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka will get underway with the first game on 7th January in Mount Maunganui while the second game will be played in Auckland on 10th January.

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