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Cricket: New Zealand's Southee suffers injury

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New Zealand paceman Tim Southee will take no further part in the tourists' ongoing warm-up match against the England Lions at Leicester because of a foot injury, a team statement issued Saturday said.

However, a team spokesman said New Zealand coach Mike Hesson was confident the 24-year-old would be available for selection for the first Test against England at Lord's starting on Thursday.

Southee bowled a short spell on the third day of the four-day match against the Lions on Saturday, having got through 14 overs at Grace Road on Friday.

He was due to see a specialist later Saturday to assess the injury.

"Black Caps head coach Mike Hesson said he was confident that Southee would be fit and available for selection for the first Investec Test starting at Lord's on Thursday," a New Zealand Cricket statement said.

Meanwhile New Zealand also announced that those players selected for the limited overs squad only would prepare for the England one-day series and the subsequent ICC Champions Trophy in the UK with two warm-up matches in Northampton.

The squad, minus the players involved in the second Test in Leeds, will play a selection XI in matches on Friday May 24 and Monday May 27.

The matches will be held at the Finedon Dolben Cricket Club in Northampton, where the ODI players will also train for a week.

"These guys will now have 10 days in England before the first ODI on 31 May, and the warm-up games are vital to giving the players both match practice and a feel for the England pitches," Hesson said.

Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Luke Ronchi, Andrew Ellis, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Nathan McCullum, and Daniel Vettori are the nine ODI players that will train and play in Northampton. They will add a couple of local players to make a playing XI.

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