New Zealand has been a permanent country over the years and deserves to play more Test Cricket after winning the title of the first World Test Championship, according to the pace Tim Southy.
New Zealand beat India with eight straps in the final to claim the World Cup title last week. The Black Hats have played just four of three games in 18 bilateral test series in the past five years. India has also played 18 bilateral test series, but 12 of them have included at least three matches.
“I guess one of our strengths as a country is that we just focus on what’s in front of us and what we’re trying and accomplishing as a group, (but) I guess playing more test cricket like overall it would be nice, “Southy was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“We don’t play as many series of three games, so I guess we just have the opportunity to play more test games and hopefully more series of three games, not two games.”
Unlike the Kiwis, who mostly played tires from two games, Virat Kohli and his men also took part in a series of four and five tests at the same time.
“But yes, I think it’s difficult because future tours (programs) are already available so far, but just the opportunity to perform at that level for a few years and as a permanent party, I guess we have that right to play more Test cricket, “Southey said.
Southy said the series of three tests is more challenging and provides more opportunities to test a player.
“As players, Test Cricket is the pinnacle of the game and you always want to play more. This is something we haven’t played much of, a series of three games, so you can test yourself in three games rather than just two games …
“… obviously it’s a lot more taxation, it’s a harder battle to stand up and go through three games again, but that’s the beauty and it’s an integral part of it. It’s a difficult cricket and you want to play as much as you can. “
The 32-year-old pacer said he would like to extend his career as much as he can, and is inspired by his teammate Ross Taylor and the Englishman James Anderson.
“I feel as fit as ever, so I’d like to play this game for as long as I can,” Southey said. “Seeing boys like James Anderson, 38, still able to do what he does gives everyone hope, Ross Taylor, 37, can still perform at that level.
“I think it all comes down to the individual standards you have set for yourself, and you are able to meet those high standards that are necessary to play at that level, then I guess age is just a number. I hope that there is a lot of life left in me. “