30-year old Tim Southee still has a future in white-ball cricket, said skipper Kane Williamson. Ahead of the first T20I in Wellington on February 6th (Wednesday); Kane spoke on the Southee’s chances of coming good in the limited-overs cricket. Meanwhile, the 138 ODI veteran, Southee didn’t play any role in New Zealand’s recent series loss to India. The other pacers like Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and Colin de Grandhomme got preferred over him.

He’s a massive part of our side – Kane

The India National Cricket Team stamped their authority on the hosts during the ODIs. Under Virat Kohli in the first three games, they won the all the matches; thus clinching the series after a decade on NZ soil. Later, in the fourth ODI, a brilliant bowling performance from Trent Boult saw India getting dismissed on 92. It was perhaps their best show with the ball across five games. Though in the fifth ODI in Wellington, India got reduced to 18 for four at one stage; partnerships in the middle-order helped them revive from a peculiar situation.

New Zealand vs India 2019, Trent Boult
Boult was New Zealand’s best bowler during India ODIs. Image Courtesy: Getty

Coming to New Zealand’s bowling in the India ODIs, they didn’t fare well otherwise. In the first three matches, the NZ bowlers could manage to take just nine wickets; two in the 1st ODI, four in the second and three in the third.

Meanwhile, Kane Williamson opined despite the results; many players got the game time. He added Tim remaining on the sidelines still had a role to play; the one of a leader to the other pacers.

“We’ve had a number of guys getting some good game time in that Indian series, where Tim had played a huge amount of cricket,” Williamson began. “He’s a massive part of our side, a leader in the group.”

“It’s one of those things. It’s unfortunate on one hand, but I think for the collective it’s a really positive thing that a number of guys are getting opportunities to have those experiences against a fantastic Indian side.”

However, the first of the three T20Is will begin on Wednesday in Wellington. Now, in the absence of Trent Boult, New Zealand’s best bowler thus far, Tim Southee could get some game time.