New Zealand’s right-arm swing bowler, Tim Southee, believes that New Zealand has been consistent in the game over the years and deserves to play more Test cricket. Southee made the emotional remarks following their title-winning run at the inaugural World Test Championships.
New Zealand beat India by eight wickets in the scintillating final to lift the WTC Mace last week.
The Black Caps have played four 3-match series out of the 18 bilateral Test series in the last five years. On the other hand, India has played 18 series as well, but 12 have included at least three Tests within the same period.
In a media interaction, as reported by ESPN cricinfo, Southee agrees that one of their strengths as a team is concentrating on what is ahead of them. He focussed on achieving as a group, but he feels like playing more Test cricket would be great. He admits that they don’t play as many three-match series, and they would like to be in a position to do so.
He added that he knows it’s tough given the squad’s future engagements have already been scheduled. But he feels like they have earned the right to play more Test cricket since they’ve shown consistency over a number of years. He believes that a three-Test series is more challenging, but it provides more opportunities to test a player.
He continued by adding, “As players, Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game, and you always want to play more. It’s something that we haven’t played a lot of, three-match-series, so to be able to test yourself over three matches rather than just two matches. It’s obviously a lot more taxing. It’s a tougher battle to get yourself up and go again over three matches, but that’s the beauty of it, and it’s part and parcel of it. It’s tough cricket, and you want to play as much as you possibly can.”
Southee hopes to advance his career as much as he can, and he admits that he has been inspired by his teammate Ross Taylor and England pacer James Anderson who are still excelling at the highest level in their careers despite their age.
The 32-year-old has been part of the New Zealand squad since 2008.
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