Tim Southee is suffering from a bruised bone in the toe of his left foot © Getty Images
Tim Southee is suffering from a bruised bone in the left foot © Getty Images

In an injury blow to New Zealand‘s pace bowling stocks Tim Southee has been ruled out of the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka. Southee picked the injury on the toe of his left foot during the first over of the third One-Day International (ODI) following which he struggled for line and length through course of the game. That match itself was a mini-comeback for Southee after a break in the first couple of ODIs following the Test series. Scans have showed that Southee has suffered a bruise on the toe of his left foot. ALSO READ: Corey Anderson excited about prospect of international comeback

As of now no time frame has been set for Southee’s return to action but his progress will be closely monitored. Coach Mike Hesson was sympathetic for his bowling quick. ”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,” New Zealand coach Hesson said according to nzherald.co.nz.

Hesson admits that the absence of Southee will be a big loss given his experience and consistent performances at the international level. ”He’s obviously a key member of our team and has been a strong performer in all three formats, so he’s a big loss,” Hesson said.

However, New Zealand will be happy that his place in the squad will be occupied by the in-form Matt Henry who picked a crucial fifer in New Zealand’s decider against Sri Lanka in the ODI series at Mount Maunganui.