New Zealand experienced bowler, Tim Southee is looking forward to the upcoming series against India, after suffering a 3-0 defeat against Australia in the 3-match Test series.
New Zealand was defeated by a considerable margin in each of the 3 Tests against Australia. Southee played in the first 2 Tests and it was expected that he will be the one to lead New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson. However, He was rested to manage his workload as Matt Henry replaced him for the 3rd and final Test. Tim Southee is now determined to put the past behind and approach the upcoming series with renewed confidence.
Tim Southee spoke at the media conference before the 1st T20I of the series against India that he felt disappointed to miss out on the final Test.
Tim Southee said: “They (team management) make decisions based on what they think is best for the team. Obviously, you’re going to agree to disagree and that’s just the nature of sport. It’s disappointing and you’re gutted every time you do miss out, it hurts. It’s a dream to play for New Zealand, but you have to respect the decisions and try and help out and give back to the teams in ways you can even though you’re not playing.
“We had a big chunk of Test cricket, the guys in Australia were reasonably experienced, so I’m sure they’ve had tough tours before and they’ll bounce back and for a long period of time, they’ve been able to get through those ups and downs. It’s about making the adjustment. What has gone is gone, and as I said, it was very disappointing and the guys have learned from it. We’re going to look forward to the Indian series and a big way to finish the home summer.”
New Zealand will play 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 2 Tests against India at home. The first T20I will be played on January 24 in Auckland.