New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee believes the upcoming two-Test series against England would serve as “great preparation” for WTC finals

New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee feels the forthcoming two-Test series against England would be excellent preparation for his team’s World Test Championship final against India on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. New Zealand will face England in two Tests at Lord’s (June 2-6) and Birmingham (Jun 10-14).

Southee said when asked if the focus will be on the WTC final: “It’s an incredible chance to play a Test match for New Zealand, and I don’t believe you consider them as warm-ups. Our primary concentration is on the two-match series versus England. But great to have those matches leading to the final. So for us, it’s great preparation for that final but we are looking at two-match series against a quality English side in their conditions”.

Southee also stated that three Tests in three weeks would not put too much strain on the players. He said it’s thrilling to play three Test matches in such a short period of time. Southee made the remarks during his first training session at the Ageas Bowl following a three-day rigorous quarantine. He believes it’s not something the team gets to do very frequently since they’ve had a little respite, which has been good, and they’ve been able to get some conditioning into their bodies.

Southee, 32, feels he has many more years of Test cricket ahead of him with a role model like James Anderson to look forward to. “Age is only a number, and it’s amazing to watch players like Jimmy bowl at 38,” Southee said. “It’s a dream to play for your country, and I’d like to do it for many more years to come,” he added.




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