Southee Plots Return To Tests

Publish Date
Friday, 5 February 2016, 7:34AM


Tim Southee's hoping to take a major step towards playing in the first test against Australia later today.

The Black Caps paceman will turn out for Northern Districts against Central in Napier as the Plunket Shield resumes.

It will be his first match after five weeks out with a bruised foot.

Southee said while it's been pleasing to see the Black Caps playing winning cricket, it's frustrating having to watch on the sidelines.

"Been a long month with rehab and getting it right and now I'm just looking forward to playing some competitive cricket."

"It's part of professional sport, it's part and parcel of any sport, there's injuries and it will force you to sit out at times. It makes you pretty hungry when you come back."

Southee said with the Knights finishing fifth in the Ford Trophy and Georgie Pie Super Smash, it would be good to find form personally as he makes his return from injury, as well as the team.

"It's where it all started, and the guys are looking forward to a big end to the season. Haven't had the greatest of times with the white ball, but hopefully end well with the red ball."

The other matches see Canterbury host Auckland, while Wellington are away to Otago.

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