Cricket: Southee and Nicol recover to join NZ

Tim Southee of New Zealand bats during the T20 World Cup Warm Up Match between Australia and New Zealand. Photo / Getty Images.
Tim Southee of New Zealand bats during the T20 World Cup Warm Up Match between Australia and New Zealand. Photo / Getty Images.

Tim Southee and Rob Nicol have recovered sufficiently from their illnesses to travel to Kandy for New Zealand's opening Twenty20 World Cup cricket match against Bangladesh tomorrow.

Both were extremely ill with symptoms associated with gastroenteritis and didn't travel with the team. Southee missed the Black Caps' final warm-up defeat to South Africa in Colombo and was taken to hospital with dehydration. Nicol played in that match but became ill afterwards.

Daniel Vettori also missed the match due to illness but recovered in time to travel with the team.

Coach Mike Hesson was hopeful that the sickness had been contained. "There seems to be a variety of options as to where it's coming from. We're pretty diligent about things but you can't contain everything. They're fit and do everything they can, but occasionally in this part of the world ... we're certainly not the only team to have issues over the last few days but hopefully we'll come right come Friday," he said.

- APNZ

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