14/04/2024

Tim Southee after the second Test (Supplied: New Zealand Cricket)

New Zealand Test Captain Tim Southee reflects on a disappointing finish to the Trans-Tasman Test series where New Zealand lost the 2-0 series to Australia by three wickets at Hagley Oval.

“Whenever you finish a close game you look always look back on a number of things,” Southee said.

“I think the start of the day went past the bat a number of times and created a few chances but they were able to get through that and we knew as the ball got older and things were gonna get tougher.”

“They got through that and then I guess the way they naturally play they score reasonably quickly which takes a bit of scoreboard pressure off them.”

The Kiwis were looking likely to tie the series as they challenged Australia in the second match – the green and gold requiring a chase down of 279 runs in the final innings.

At one point The Kiwis were wrangling Australia at 5/80 after managing to dismiss key batsman Travis Head early.

“We were able to make early inroads in every innings which I guess is pleasing but on the back of that you want to really nail it down but, that’s what you get when you play the number one side in the world,” continued Southee.

New Zealand will have a bit of a break from Test Cricket and then will get regroup as a squad later in the year. Despite the loss, Southee was optimistic.

“There are plenty of positives to take.”

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