Auckland: In-form New Zealand spearhead Tim Southee suffered a shoulder injury on Thursday but team management said he would be fit for Saturday`s all-important World Cup game against Australia in Auckland.
The 26-year-old suffered a nasty blow when struck by a throw from team-mate Adam Milne during fielding practice at Eden Park and fell over in pain, clutching the back of his right shoulder.
The fall, and Southee`s reaction, received a light-hearted response from his team-mates but the swing bowler sat out the remainder of the team`s net session while ice was applied to his shoulder.
However, a New Zealand team spokesman said there were no fears about his involvement in Saturday`s match.
The co-hosts will hope Southee does not suffer any lingering after-effects and remains fully fit for the much-awaited game between the World Cup co-hosts, which should decide who tops Pool A.
Southee is currently the leading wicket-taker at the tournament with 11 wickets in three games.
He took two wickets each of the Black Caps` first two victories, against Sri Lanka and Scotland, before his haul of seven for 33 -- the best-ever one-day international figures by a New Zealander -- played a key role in an eight-wicket thrashing of England in Wellington as the co-hosts made it three wins from as many Pool A matches.
Southee and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori are the only two bowlers in the New Zealand line-up who played in a six-wicket defeat by Australia when the teams last met for an ODI at Eden Park in 2010.