2 Dec 2009

Southee added to BlackCaps squad

6:52 pm on 2 December 2009

The Northern Districts pace bowler Tim Southee has been added to the BLACKCAPS squad for the second cricket Test against Pakistan starting in Wellington tomorrow.

He replaces the injured Shane Bond in the squad, after an abdominal injury yesterday ruled Bond out of the remaining Tests against Pakistan.

Southee was a member of the BLACKCAPS side during the limited overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. His last Test match was against India at Wellington in April.

Southee and Daryl Tuffey are likely to be in contention for the third seamer role in the Wellington Test... the playing 11 is expected to be named just prior to the match.

New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that Southee had been cleared to play in the Test after serving a one-match suspension for an incident in a Plunket Shield match for the Northern Knights last week.

Southee was reported for unacceptable behaviour after he was heard using inappropriate language.

He missed a District Association match for Northland last weekend.