IND vs NZ 2021: I Don't Think The Form Of Middle-Order Is A Concern For Us, They Are All Quality Players – Tim Southee
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Senior Kiwi pacer Tim Southee has said that the form of middle-order batting unit is not a concern for them heading into the second game of the two-match Test series against India.

The first Test match between India and New Zealand at Green Park, Kanpur ended in a draw and now they will lock horns in the second and last Test match of the series from December 3 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

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In the Kanpur Test, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, and Tom Blundell all failed to leave a big impact on the match. However, somehow they managed to avoid the defeat.

Tim Southee backed the Kiwi middle-order and said that the conditions at the Green Park, Kanpur were not easy for the batters. While replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference Southee said:

No, I don’t think so (middle-order concern). There were periods for both sides where one was able to take wickets at a time, so it’s not easy to start in these conditions.

Ross Taylor Is Experienced And Knows This Part Of The World – Tim Southee

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Speedster Southee showered praise on New Zealand’s most prolific run-getter in Test cricket, Ross Taylor, and said that he has a lot of experience of playing in Asia. He added that all the players they have are ” quality players” and they can perform at the highest level. He stated:

Ross Taylor is experienced and knows this part of the world as well and then you have a couple of guys who have played here. So I don’t think the form of middle order is a concern for us. They are all quality players and I’m sure they can perform at this level.”

Tim Southee
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Talking about the inclement weather at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Southee said that the pitch has been under the covers and the Head Coach Gary Stead and captain Kane Williamson will take decisions on the Playing XI combination.

“I guess the wickets have been under the covers, hopefully, Gary and Kane can have a look at this wicket this afternoon. We were not expecting rain but this is something we need to adapt to it.

“Those are decisions which Kane Williamson and Gary Stead have to make in the next 24 hours. We have not been able to train because of the weather, they will have a look at the wicket this afternoon and then a decision can be made but we are yet to take a look at the wicket,” he asserted.

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