New Zealand pacer Tim Southee loves the days of swing bowling at the World Cup 2015
Updated - Mar 6, 2015 5:45 pm
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee loves the days of swing bowling at the World Cup 2015: If there is a bowling attack that has really kept the batsman in check, with some mean swing and pace along with the Indian bowlers it has to be the New Zealand fast bowling attack. While playing at home in New Zealand the team has restricted Scotland, Australia and England to sub-150 totals. The swing savor Tim Southee, the speed sensation Trent Boult and the left armer Dan Vettori have been successful so far in pulling things in their favor.
New Zealand pace spearhead Tim Southee said, “We’ve been bowling well as a group for a long time now, and in our conditions we know what to expect. Luckily we’ve been able to get the ball to swing for long periods of time in one day cricket, which has been unusual, it hasn’t really swung like that for a long time in ODIs,”
The ability of Southee and Boult to swing the white ball has been the key, and they have made full use of it with seven and five wickets in their bags respectively.
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“Whether it’s the overhead conditions or whether the ball is staying in reasonable nick, I can’t put my finger on it. The white ball hasn’t swung for long periods of time for a while now, but in the last few games we’ve managed to get it swinging still at fifteen over’s old, but there’s going to be times where it won’t swing, so we need to find other ways to take wickets.
“We’re a skillful enough attack to come up with different ways, whether it’s through attacking fields, our mentality doesn’t change and we’re still trying to take wickets whether it’s swinging or not,” He added.
Because of their quality bowling, the bowlers have managed to bowl without much pressure on them. In all of the games that they have played, did not allow a partnership to build around and also they were never required to bowl as much in the death over’s. The lesser that your fast bowlers bowl, the fresher they are for the upcoming matches and this will aid the Black Caps big time in important matches.
Southee said, “We’ve all been in that situation before, pressure situations at the death. It’s nothing new to us, “We are familiar with the grounds, they are smaller, and sides will look to attack. Although we haven’t come against that yet we’ve played a lot of cricket and the guys will step up when the occasion arises.”
When asked whether totals in access of 400 are good for the health of one-day cricket he said, “No, “I guess it’s more exciting for people watching. It’s tough as a bowler but you just have to adapt. It’s about mindset, there will be days when you are taken down. Enjoy the good days.”