Southee replaces injured Hilfenhaus
Wednesday, Apr 06 2011

Chennai: Champions Chennai Super Kings today confirmed the inclusion of Timothy Grant Southee, in their squd for the 2011 Indian Premier League as a replacement for injured Australian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus.

Southee, only 22, made his Test debut for New Zealand in 2008 at the age of 19 and immediately made an impact when he took five for 55 and smashed a rapid 70 off just 40 balls with nine sixes against England at Napier.

Since then, Southee has grown in stature as a cricketer with his ability to move the ball around besides his batting ability that has cemented his spot in the National squad.

Southee first showcased his immense talent at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in which New Zealand reached the semi-finals. He was declared Player of the Tournament as he came away with 17 wickets and the doors to international cricket opened.

Back home, he made his first class debut for Nothern Districts and a haul of six for 68 against Auckland brought him to the attention of talent scouts while the National selectors carefully monitored his progress before picking him for the New Zealand squad.

Southee was a member of the New Zealand squad that reached the semi-finals of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and his best performance came against Pakistan in the group stage when he took 3 for 25 to help his team win.

Southee finished the World Cup as the third highest wicket-taker with a haul of 18 (av: 17.33, eco: 4.31).