16 May 2013

Southee fit for first test

6:24 am on 16 May 2013

The New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been declared fit for the first cricket test against England at Lord's.

The New Zealand team management had rested Southee after lunch on the third day of the warm-up match against England A in Leicester, after he picked up a foot injury.

He did see a specialist.

Coach Mike Hesson says it was very much a precautionary response from them to send Tim to London for further investigations.

He says he had some treatment on his toe and he is very comfortable and will be all right for the first Test.

Hesson says Neil Wagner is also fine after he lost a toe-nail during the tour opener.