‘All good things end but hopefully we can play few more World Cups together’ - Tim Southee on his bowling partnership with Trent Boult
"We do certainly cherish every game we get to play together, and hopefully there's still a few more," said Southee.
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Two of the best in the business when it comes to swing bowling, Trent Boult and Tim Southee have decimated a lot of batting line-ups in tandem over the years. They have been a great asset for New Zealand cricket over a decade and are moving towards the final stages of their international career.
Boult recently had opted out of his central contract for New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to prioritize family and T20 leagues around the world. On the other hand, Southee has been a workhorse across all three formats and the Kiwis might soon need their young quicks to take over from them. The pair showed their quality against Australia in the first encounter of the Super 12 stages of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 by picking up five wickets together to stage a fantastic victory.
I guess all good things come to an end at some stage: Tim Southee
Speaking on that front, Southee mentioned that his future alongside Boult is unknown. He recalled the early days since both played together in domestic Cricket, U-19 and for New Zealand across all the formats. He further felt that it was special to be playing alongside Trent Boult for a long time and is hopeful that they can continue their bowling partnership for a few more World Cups.
"Yeah, I guess the future is unknown. We've played a lot of cricket together, from under-19 World Cups to domestic cricket to domestic Asia cricket, and then, for the last 10 or so years, all three formats for New Zealand. Yeah, it's been pretty special,” Southee was quoted as saying in the press conference prior to New Zealand's match against Sri Lanka.
"I guess all good things come to an end at some stage. Yeah, hopefully it's not the end and not the last world event that we're a part of together. Yeah, unsure what that may look like going forward, but yeah, we do certainly cherish every game we get to play together, and hopefully there's still a few more, obviously this tournament and going beyond," he added.