New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee said that the India tour this month will be one of the greatest challenges for his side coming up. The New Zealand cricket team is scheduled to tour India to play three T20 Internationals and a couple of Test matches.
India are a powerhouse in their own conditions: Tim Southee
Southee, who is included in both the squads for the Black Caps, said that India are a powerhouse in their own den and will be difficult to beat them.
“It’s been a long time since we played India in India…they are a powerhouse in their own. Such foreign conditions we are not used to, so we need to adapt to the conditions as quick as possible,” Southee was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“We have got one of the greatest challenges coming up, playing India in India. So, for me, that’s gets me out of bed every day and challenge yourself against the best in the world in tough conditions,” he added.
New Zealand are the inaugural champions of the World Test Championship after getting the better of India in the final by eight wickets.
Southee said that going to India will be a great test for a player and aims to start fresh with the new cycle of WTC.
“New cycle is exciting. A great place to go on tour and test yourself against a very good opposition and in trying conditions. It’s great to be part of the last cycle. We hit the reset button and looking forward to the next 2-year cycle,” Southee mentioned.
There is something special about Test cricket: Tim Southee
Southee made his debut in Test back in 2008 against England and since then has managed to pick 314 scalps from 79 games. Southee remains only behind Daniel Vettori and Richard Hadlee in the list of most Test wickets by a New Zealand bowler.
The 32-year-old said playing Test cricket is very special for him, and he loves making special moments in the longest format.
“There is something special about Test cricket. It’s incredible to be part of the Test side. Over the last number of years, the success we had not only at home but overseas has been incredible to be part of,” he said.
“Test cricket is something I absolutely love, and any chance to get to play is a special moment. Representing your country at the highest level is truly an honour,” he further said.
New Zealand tour of India starts with the T20I series first, with the first match being played on November 17 in Jaipur.