Southee on the upcoming Test series against England, McCullum's new role

Southee on the upcoming Test series against England, McCullum’s new role

New Zealand seamer Tim Southee is geared up to make his fifth appearance at the Home of Cricket – Lord’s. This is the venue where the 33-year-old’s name is already etched on the dressing room honors twice so far. Things have changed quite a lot since he made his first appearance. During his maiden tour, Brendon McCullum had taken the charge on the bowlers by scoring a flashy 97 off 97 balls. Five years later, Southee bagged a ten-for when McCullum was the captain. 

The scenario has changed dramatically in red-ball cricket now. New Zealand are now the World Test Champions, with their team dominating in the longest format of the game in the recent years. England have dropped to the lowest heights in this format, with their captain Joe Root resigning just a month before. Clearly, the Kiwis look the favorites to win the contest this time. But with McCullum assigned as the Test Coach of England, the situation might get trickier than it was before. 

A few weeks back, Southee was playing for Kolkata Knight Riders with McCullum coaching the team. It makes sense that McCullum must know some tricks of Southee which can help the hosts to tackle the seamer. As for Southee, he is not much concerned about this and just wants to focus on adapting to English conditions.

He’s a great man-manager: Southee on McCullum

“It’s exciting, obviously a great challenge for Brendon,” Southee said. “I know him pretty well. Everything he does, he gives it a 100-percent so this will be no different. He’s excited about the next wee while and what lays ahead of him. I’m sure he’ll be doing everything he can to bring the best out of this England Test side.

He’s a great man-manager and he loves to try to get the best out of people. I’m sure he’ll be doing that here as well. The way he played his cricket was exciting and fearless, and that’s the way he is a person and I’m sure that’s the way he is as a coach as well.

Nothing changes compared to the lead-up to any other Test match,” he said. “I love Test cricket and I’m excited to get back into playing some Test cricket after playing a lot of T20 cricket.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.