Senior New Zealand rhythm Tim Southy believes that the upcoming series of two tests against England would serve as a “great preparation” for his team as he prepares for the final of the World Cup against India here.
New Zealand play two tests against England at Lord’s (June 2-6) and Birmingham (June 10-14). The WTC final is scheduled for June 18.
Asked if the focus would be on the WTC final, Southy said: “Every time you manage to play a test match for New Zealand, it’s an amazing opportunity and I don’t think you treat them like a warm-up. Our focus is first and foremost. – already in the two match series against England. “
But the 32-year-old man with 302 test leashes did not deny that this is really a great opportunity to prepare for the great battle against India.
“…. but it’s great for these matches to lead to the final. So for us it’s a great preparation for this final, but we’re looking at a series of two matches against a quality English side in their conditions,” Southey said.
Southey also didn’t think that three tests in three weeks would be a big part of the workload after a welcome break for many.
“It’s exciting to play three test games in a short time,” Southy said after his first training session at the Ageas Bowl after a three-day hard quarantine.
“It’s something that the team doesn’t manage to do so often. We went out for a bit of a break, which was nice and (we managed) to get some condition in our bodies …,” Southey said.
He believes that they will be ready to deal with the rigor with some quality training in the next two weeks.
“So the boys are refreshing in some way, using the next few weeks to prepare and be ready to play three test matches. They are in quick succession, but we had the chance to prepare physically, leading to this with some strength. and conditioning things.
“Now, it’s just to load our points in the coming weeks so we can continue with these three test matches.”
He said stepping on the Lord’s land would be emotional for them, remembering the World Cup final they lost in the countdown.
“It’s hard to be emotional and catch up, you look at it as an amazing game of cricket that worked wonders for the one-day game of the players involved.
“It’s one of those games that you experience and experience for the rest of your life. When we show up at Lord’s, there will be a few guys who will have mixed emotions,” Southey said.
Post-quarantine training in Southampton is also very useful, as they will play India in the same place.
“I guess we’ll probably be in the same room when we get back, and it’s good that the boys who haven’t been here can come here and try it out,” he said.
“And when you get back to the finals, it’s a little more comfortable to spend some time here.”
At 32, Southy believes he has many years of test cricket left to emulate a role model like James Anderson. “Age is just a number and it’s great to see guys like Jimmy Bowl at 38 and it’s a dream for your country and I would like to do it for many years to come,” he signed.