6 Jan 2016

Southee out of Twenty20 matches

12:49 pm on 6 January 2016

Pace bowler Tim Southee will miss the New Zealand cricket team's next five games because of a foot injury.

Scans have shown Southee suffered bruising to the bone on his left foot during the third one dayer against Sri Lanka in Nelson.

He missed yesterday's 36 run win over Sri Lanka in Mount Maunganui, which gave the Black Caps a 3-1 series win.

Tim Southee

Southee will miss the T20 matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Photo: Photosport

Southee will also miss the Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka on Thursday and Sunday and next week's three games against Pakistan.

"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," coach Mike 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."

Matt Henry will replace Southee in the Twenty20 squad.

Henry was named player of the match in Tuesday's victory taking 5-40, his second five wicket bag in an international one dayer.

Black Caps bowler Matt Henry appeals for a wicket during the first ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 26th December 2015. Copyright Photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz

Black Caps bowler Matt Henry appeals for a Sri Lankan wicket Photo: Photosport

Sri Lanka were set nearly 300 runs to win after Martin Guptill helped the Black Caps to 294 with his 10th ODI century.

Guptill wasn't the only one to find runs - Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor both made 61.

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Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Matthews top scored for the visitors with 95 and was backed up by Dinesh Chandimal, who brought up a 50.

The two teams will meet each other again at Bay Oval on Thursday in the first of two Twenty20 matches.

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