New Zealand pacer and Test skipper Tim Southee reached the 350 Test wickets milestone during New Zealand’s first Test against Pakistan at the National Stadium, Karachi, on Tuesday, December 27. The right-arm bowler joined Sir RJ Hadlee and former New Zealand captain spinner Daniel Vettori as the third Kiwi bowler to do so.
Agha Salman, who scored 103 runs in the first innings, became Tim Southee’s 350th wicket. Tim Southee was the best bowler in Pakistan’s first innings, as he took 3/69 in 25.5 overs at an economy rate of 2.67. The 34-year-old has taken 350 scalps in 89 matches at an average of 28.94 and an economy rate of 3.00, and his best bowling figures in an innings and the match are 7/64 and 10/108.
New Zealand were 0-165 at the end of day two after bowling Pakistan out for 438 runs. The Test captain has now joined an exclusive club of New Zealand bowlers. Southee is just 11 wickets behind spinner Daniel Vettori, who is second on the all-time list of Kiwis with 361 Test wickets. He needed 81 more Test wickets to surpass Sir Richard Hadley as New Zealand’s all-time highest Test wicket-taker.
He’s Been Doing It For A Long Time – Luke Ronchi
After the day’s play at Karachi’s National Stadium, Blackcaps batting coach Luke Ronchi praised Southee’s longevity.
“That’s what Timmy does. That consistency of going out there with the ball in hand and asking questions the entire time. With the new ball, with the old ball, on flat wickets, on green wickets, he’s been doing it for a long time,” he told reporters.
“He just asks questions, he’s as consistent as ever and to get 350 next to his name is a great achievement. It’s something he’ll look back at as time goes on and be really pleased with that. But he’s still got to go ahead, he’s the new Test captain.”