NEW Zealand paceman Tim Southee is in doubt for the Black Caps’ Twenty20 World Cup opener on Friday after being struck down with a stomach bug in Sri Lanka.
He missed yesterday’s nine-run loss to South Africa, the team’s final warm-up match, and was admitted to hospital for re-hydration.
His team mates have travelled to Kandy from Colombo without him.
He was examined this morning by the team doctor, who found he had made little progress, and being given medication, was admitted to hospital.
Team management hoped he could rejoin the team tomorrow, in time for the first match against Bangladesh
Batsman Rob Nicol also stayed behind in Colombo due to illness, but didn’t need to go to hospital at this stage, while spinner Daniel Vettori was rested from the South Africa match but had resumed eating.
Southee and Vettori had been eating at the team hotel in Colombo, where it’s thought they ate something that didn’t agree with them.
However James Franklin dined with them and suffered no illness.
The rest of the team should be available for selection, Fairfax NZ reported.
Kyle Mills has a cold, to go with the bumps and bruises he suffered while colliding with Brendon McCullum in Chennai last week.
McCullum will be fit to keep wickets, after ceding the gloves to BJ Watling yesterday, while allrounder Jacob Oram is another who didn’t play against the Proteas – but should be in contention.
The Black Caps are scheduled to train under lights at the Pallekele International Stadium, near Kandy, tonight, although the team may rest instead.