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We have the right to play more Test cricket: Tim Southee

By Bet Barter

June 28, 2021

New Zealand pacer Tim Southee stated that winning the maiden WTC might pave the way for the Kiwis to play Test series more often. The New Zealand cricket team have played 18 Test series in the last five years. However, only four of them have been three-match series, whereas the other series consisted of just two matches.

In the just-concluded WTC final, Kane Williamson and the team enjoyed the most incredible win in their cricket history. The Kiwis defeated India by eight wickets in the maiden ICC World Test Championship final at Southampton on Wednesday. Two years after their heart-breaking Super Over loss to England in the 50-over ICC World Cup final at Lord's, the Kiwis finally grabbed their first major global title. Having been set a below-par target of 139 runs by team India, NZ reached 140 for two in 45.5 overs. New Zealand skipper Williamson scored 52 runs off 89 balls. His brilliant knock included eight fours.

Tim Southee finished the tournament as New Zealand's highest wicket-taker

Tim Southee is hopeful that things might change for New Zealand after being crowned world champions of Test cricket. Meanwhile, the pacer played a crucial role in the just concluded WTC final against India. He scalped a total of five wickets in the game alongside scoring a handy 30 in Blackcaps' first innings. With 56 wickets in 11 matches, the fast bowler finished the tournament as New Zealand's highest wicket-taker. 

New Zealand senior fast bowler Tim Southee also achieved a new milestone on Day five of the WTC final between India and NZ. Tim Southee slammed to huge sixes against India in the first innings of the World Test Championship final. With those two tremendous sixes, Tim Southee now has 75 sixes in 79 Test matches. The 32-year-old is now three sixes away from MS Dhoni's tally of 78 sixes. Overall, Tim Southee is in the 15th position. The list of maximum sixes in Test format is headed by Tim Southee's former captain Brendon McCullum. The veteran has hit 107 sixes in 101 matches. The NZ fast bowler would certainly like to continue his excellent form and shine in the next ICC WTC cycle as well.

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