New Zealand has been a consistent team over the years and deserves to play more Test cricket after its title winner during the first World Test Championship, believes Tim Southee, the pace striker.
New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets in the final to reach the World Cup last week.
The Black Caps have played just four three-game series out of the 18 bilateral Test series over the past five years. India also played 18 bilateral Test series, but 12 of them included at least three matches.
“I think one of our strengths as a side is that we just concentrate on what’s put in front of us, and what we’re trying to achieve as a team, but (I) think it’s fun to play more Test cricket.” Is Southee quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“We do not play as many series with three matches, so I can only play more Test matches and hopefully more three-series series, rather than biathlon series.
Unlike the Kiwis, who mostly played two-match rubber, Virat Kohli and his men also played in a series of four and five Tests during the same period.
“But yes, I think it’s difficult with future tours (program) that already exist so far, but to only be able to perform at this level for a number of years and be a constant team, I think we have the right to play more Test cricket, ”said Southee.
Southee said a series of three Tests is more challenging and offers more opportunities to test a player.
“As players, Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game, and you always want to play more. This is something we haven’t played much of yet, three-match series, to be able to test over three matches rather than just two matches. ..
“… it’s obviously a lot more tax, it’s a harder fight to get yourself up and going over three games again, but that’s the beauty of it, and that’s part of it.
“It’s tough cricket, and you want to play as much as you can.” The 32-year-old pacemaker said he wanted to expand his career as much as he could and that he drew inspiration from teammate Ross Taylor and English pacemaker James Anderson.
“I feel as fit as I have ever been, and I would love to play this game for as long as I can,” Southee said.
“If guys like James Anderson at 38 can still do what he does, give everyone hope, Ross Taylor at 37 can still perform at this level.
“I think it comes down to the individual standards you set yourself, and you can meet the high standards needed to play at this level, then I think age is just a number. I hope there is a lot of life in it. left me. ‘