There is an aggressive side to the New Zealand rhythm Tim Southy, maybe in the cotton department. On the fifth day of the World Cup final (WTC) against India, Southey climbed the watt rankings, passing former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting in the list of most test sixes.
Southey made a vital 46-ball 30, consisting of four and two highs, as New Zealand won a 32-fold lead in the first passes of the rain-darkened test in Southampton.
Southey and Kyle Jamieson (21 runs out of 16 deliveries) disappointed Indian bowling while the captain Kane Williamson reached 49 to save New Zealand from collapse in the morning session.
With his two sixes, Southey also won 15th place in the list of most test sixes. He now has 75 test sixes in his name. Previously, Southey was tied with Ponting at 73 sixes. The 32-year-old man will watch MS Dhonirecords the hitting of 78 sixes in the longest format of the game.
In fact, Southey is only behind Brendan McCallum (107) and Chris Crane (87) in the list of players from New Zealand with the most test sixes.
Just minutes after his cameo in the Ageas Bowl, Southy became Kiwi’s second bowling after Daniel Vetori, who snatched 600 wickets in all three formats. The New Zealand speeder achieved the feat by rejecting the opener Shubman Gil at the start of the second inning and giving India an early kick.
Short results: India 217 out against New Zealand 249 out (D Conway 54, K Williamson 49, T Southee 30, M Shami 4/76, I Sharma 3/48, R Ashwin 2/28)