Tim Southee, New Zealand
Tim Southee (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand National Cricket Team vice-captain Tim Southee has applauded Indian middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer and said that “he played exceptionally well” in the debut match with full confidence. However, the Kiwi pacer also said that they have got more information about Iyer and are prepared to deal with him in the second game.

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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Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: BCCI)

In the Kanpur Test, debutant Shreyas Iyer smashed a century in the first innings of the match and he became the 16th Indian to achieve this milestone and in the second innings, he smashed a fifty and became the first-ever Indian cricketer to reach this feat. He won the player of the match award for his sensational 105 and 65 runs and became the 7th Indian to win the Player of the Match award on his Test debut.

Meanwhile, on the eve of the 2nd Test match in Mumbai Tim Southee asserted:

He played exceptionally well, the way he played on his debut and with that confidence, it was brilliant. I guess we have a little more information on him now. It is not that easy to target with a short ball on such slow surfaces. We will look at our plans, although he scored some runs, India has a quality lineup.”

We Have Not Been Able To Train Because Of The Weather – Tim Southee

Tim Southee
Tim Southee. Image Credits: Twitter

Southee said that the pitch at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai has been under the covers and they were not expecting rain.

I guess the wickets has 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,” he said.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee
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Tim Southee also said that they have not been able to train because of the unpleasant weather conditions in Mumbai and the final call for the playing combination will be taken by Kane Williamson and Gary Stead.

“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 added.

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