Southee fit for Australia showdown, says McCullum

New Zealand's Tim Southee bowls during the seventh and final one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Wellington on January 29, 2015New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum Friday quashed any fears over paceman Tim Southee’s participation in Saturday’s World Cup game against Australia, saying he is expected to play in an unchanged team. The 26-year-old suffered a nasty blow when struck by a throw from team-mate Adam Milne during fielding practice on Thursday and fell to the ground in obvious pain, clutching the back of his right shoulder. The fall, and Southee’s reaction, sparked a light-hearted response from his team-mates but the swing bowler sat out the remainder of the net session at Auckland’s Eden Park while ice was applied to his shoulder. Southee is key to New Zealand hopes having taken 11 wickets in three games — the most in the tournament — with a best of 7-33 against England in Wellington last Friday.

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