New Zealand’s stand-in skipper, Tim Southee reckons that the Seddon Park was a suitable venue for outswing bowling. The Kiwi pace attack comprising of Southee, Boult, Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson had an eventful Day 3 at the Seddon Park on Saturday.
West Indies ended Day 2 with a score of 49 runs without a loss of a wicket and were showing good resistance against the lethal New Zealand bowling lineup. However, that would not last long as the visitors quickly succumbed in the first innings to a score of just 138 runs, losing their entire ten wickets in the space of just about 90 runs.
After enforcing a follow-on, the Kiwi bowler started right back from where they left off, decimating the West Indies batting lineup once again. They ended the third day with a score of 196 for the loss of six wickets and a loss in the first test is almost imminent for the visitors.
The Kiwi bowlers picked up 16 wickets on Day 3 of the test with Southee toping the charts with five wickets. “It was nice, this is one of the few grounds that favours outswing. But we assessed through it last night and we weren’t far off,” Southee said in a press conference. “We knew where we had to be for longer periods of time, and managed to get a couple early and get the ball rolling.”
Tim Southee praises Kyle Jamieson for his all-round display
Tim Southee also heaped praise on Kyle Jamieson who had an impressive debut against India earlier this year.He carried on his momentum and delivered good performances with both bat and ball against the West Indies in the first test.
“He [Kyle Jamieson] has been a great addition at the back end of last summer, and he’s shown again here with both bat and ball,” Southee said. “So he’s been a great asset to the side and adds another variation as well. Obviously you’ve got myself and Trent [Boult], left- and right-arm to swing it. Wags [Wagner] does his thing and then you’ve got a tall guy in him [Jamieson], who hits some challenging areas.”
Tim Southee’s five wickets on Day 3 take his total wickets tally in test matches to 289, just 11 short of 300, a landmark which he feels will be special to achieve.
“[You] probably don’t chase [such milestones],” Southee said. “It’s something that when you play for long enough, those things happen. But yeah, it’ll be something special if I can get there.
“At the moment, it’s about coming back tomorrow and taking the remaining wickets. It’s just nice to contribute… and it’ll be a lot of hard work between now and then,” added Tim Southee.