Putting behind team’s disappointing result in the recently concluded Test series in Australia, the experienced New Zealand pacer Tim Southee wants to focus for the upcoming home series against India.
The hosts Australia totally outclassed the visiting side New Zealand in the three-match Test series as the home side won that series by 3-0. Tim Southee bagged nine wickets (4/93 & 5/69) in the day/night pink-ball Test match (at Perth) which was the first game of that series. The right-arm pacer managed to take three wickets (3/103 & 0/44) in the next Test at Melbourne.
Tim Southee was replaced by Matt Henry for the third and final Test of that series at Sydney. The experienced pacer was disappointed after getting out from that Test squad, while the head coach Gary Stead pointed out his workload pressure during talking about his removal from the Test playing XI. However, Southee respects this decision and eyeing the upcoming home cricket matches against India.
Southee said to the reports, “It’s disappointing. You’re gutted every time you’re left out. It’s an absolute dream to play for New Zealand and every time you do miss out it hurts, but you’ve got to respect the decisions and try to help out and give back to the team, even when you’re not playing.”
New Zealand players have been able to get through those ups and downs: Tim Southee
India will start the upcoming New Zealand tour with the five-match T20I series from 24th January 2020. After this series, they will play the three-match ODI and two-match Test series in this tour. Tim Southee believes that the New Zealand team will come out from the Australia disaster soon and will play challenging cricket against India.
He added, “We had a big chunk of Test cricket and the guys that were in Australia are reasonably experienced guys … they’ve had tough tours before and they’ve bounced back and the reason why they’ve played for a long period of time is they’ve been able to get through those ups and downs.
“It’s about making that adjustment. What’s gone is gone and it was very disappointing, the guys would have learnt from it, and now we’ve got to look forward to the Indian series.”
Tim Southee played 12 T20Is in the last calendar year, out of which he led the New Zealand team in nine games in the absence of regular captain Kane Williamson. While the skipper Williamson has finally returned to the T20I squad, Southee is ready to help him with his recent experience as a captain.
Southee said, “I enjoy thinking about the game and it makes you think outside of what you’re doing. I also try to help Kane out as well – it’s nice to have those senior guys [helping you] and Ross [Taylor] was good having captained the side in the past.
“It’s a different challenge when you captain and it’s something I enjoyed, but Kane’s doing a great job, so I’ll just try to help him out.”
Tim Southee is the leading T20I wicket-taker for New Zealand. The right-arm pacer has taken 75 wickets in 66 T20Is.