This gifted bowler is in actual fact a very talented all round sportsman. He played rugby through his secondary school career in the blind side flanker position. He played for Kings College first 15 as well as the Auckland Secondary School and Northern Region teams.
However cricket held a special place in his heart and he decided to give up rugby to chase his dream of becoming a BLACKCAP.
He started in the game at a very early age and says his earliest cricketing memory is getting up early on a Saturday morning playing kiwi cricket with a yellow bat and yellow stumps. From early starts to the biggest start of his career, Southee debuted against England in the ODI and Test series in June 2008. He marked his Test debut with bowling figures of five for 55 and then lashed 77 off 40 with the bat in an innings that included nine sixes.
He is a right-arm swing bowler that at a brisk pace makes him an extremely good attacking bowler for Tests, however his 2011 World Cup performance of 18 wickets proves just how effective he can be in the shorter formats as well.
When he’s not bowling over the opposition he likes to get down on his sheep and beef farm and work the land. He also enjoys relaxing at the beach and spending time with his family.
This rising star - who describes himself as laid back, energetic and kind – is someone to keep your eye on. Even though he is young, he’s got the drive and spirit to keep him in the BLACKCAPS for many seasons to come.