Tim Southee, New Zealand Bowler
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Tim Southee, a veteran of the Black Caps, has responded directly to concerns that he would one day depart his national contract early like Trent Boult, his new ball partner.

As the third Black Cap to receive a release from his contract in recent months, undesired opener Martin Guptill became the third to do so last week, the subject has caused a lot of conversation to begin the home summer.

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Tim Southee
Tim Southee. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Guptill will play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash, joining Boult and Colin de Grandhomme who have received releases from their central contracts for 2022–2023. De Grandhomme, an all-rounder, has given up playing for the international team.

When asked if he would consider doing something similar in the future prior to Wednesday’s ODI series decider against India at Hagley Oval, Southee was evasive. India must win to prevent New Zealand from winning the series, which they currently lead 1-0.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee
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Only 12.5 overs were available for Sunday’s second ODI in Hamilton because of rain, and more bad weather is possible in Christchurch. The MetService has expected showers, maybe heavy, starting in the afternoon.

“I haven’t looked too far ahead”: Tim Southee

The 33-year international old’s career is nearing its conclusion rather than its beginning, and at some point, he may find himself in the same predicament as his close friend Boult.

In the future, he might choose to spend more time with his young family and pursue prospects in lucrative T20 leagues.

Tim-Southee
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“To be honest, I haven’t looked too far ahead. There’s enough cricket to worry about in the coming months before looking too far forward, but it’s something all players are trying to remain with and think about in the ever-changing face of the game,” Southee said.

Tim Southee
Tim Southee. Pic Credits: Twitter.

“You’re currently contracted to New Zealand Cricket, and I’ve returned to the IPL (Indian Premier League) this year; we’ll see what happens in the following years, but it’s clearly changing the landscape of cricket from what it was two-three years ago,” Tim Southee Remarked.

Since making his debut in 2008 as a 20-year-old, Southee has been a cornerstone for the Black Caps in all three formats. He achieved the milestone of 300 tests, 200 ODI, and 100 T20I wickets in Friday’s opening ODI, which New Zealand won by seven wickets.

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