Southampton: New Zealand senior paceman Tim Southee believes that the upcoming 2-Test series against England is a good one for his team in the ICC World Test Championship final against India. Will prove to be helpful in preparation.
New Zealand-England clash
The team from New Zealand will play 2 Tests against England at Lords from 2 to 6 June and Birmingham from 10 to 14 June. The final of the ICC World Test Championship will be played from June 18.
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‘Focus on Test against England’
When asked if his focus would be on the WTC final, Tim Southee said, “Whenever you get a chance to play a Test match for New Zealand, it’s a great opportunity and I don’t think you He sees it as a practice. Our focus is first on the 2-match series against England.
‘WTC FInal Preparation Opportunity’
The 32-year-old, who took 302 wickets in Test cricket, however, did not deny that this would actually give him a chance to prepare for the big match against India. He said, ‘It is fantastic to have these matches before the final (WTC). For us, this is a great stage for preparing for the finals, but we are currently preparing to play against the strong England team in their home environment.
Test match after a long break
Tim Southee said that he does not think anyone will have any problem in playing 3 Test matches in 3 weeks because the players are getting into the field after a long break. After his first training session in the Rose Bowl after a difficult 3-day quarantine, he said, ‘It is exciting to play 3 Test matches in a short period of time. The team does not always get such opportunities. We have taken a break, which was good.