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Tim Southee will return to the bowling crease this morning.

After more than a month out of cricket with a foot injury, he'll take the new ball for Northern Districts on day two of their Plunket Shield match against Central Districts in Napier.

Northern managed 268 on day one after being sent in.

In Christchurch, Auckland will resume on 10 for one in reply to Canterbury's 294.

And in Queenstown, Wellington's 280 for seven in its match against Otago.

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