Tim Southee, the new captain of New Zealand’s Test team, has stated that the team will not adopt the aggressive “Bazball” style that was used by former captain Brendon McCullum.
Instead, he stated that they will continue with their successful balanced strategy.
After Kane Williamson resigned as captain of the New Zealand Test team on Thursday. Southee was named the new captain of the team in preparation for their upcoming two-Test series in Pakistan, which will begin on December 26. The bowler, who is now 34 years old, has previously played under McCullum, the head coach of England. McCullum employs a strategy known as high-risk, high reward, which has been shown to be both entertaining and productive.
When questioned about the playing style that his club would utilize, Southee responded, “Not Bazball.”
“I believe that you look at the players you have, and you attempt to make the most out of what you already have.” It appears that England is achieving that with the style of play that they are using, but we’ve had some success in Test cricket by going about things in a different way.
“The way that our Test game has gone over the course of the past ten years, it’s simply a matter of trying to continue that and trying to remain with the times.”
he had led New Zealand in 22 Twenty20 Internationals, but later in December he will take the helm of the team for the first time in a Test match.
In addition, Southee was officially appointed as the captain of the New Zealand national cricket team, making him only the second specialist fast bowler to hold that position since Harry Cave in 1955.
Gary Stead, the head coach of the team, praised him as a “great leader with a solid cricket brain.”
“We’ve seen his captaincy talents on display with the T20 side, and I’m sure he’ll continue to bring an aggressive approach while still maintaining the key fundamentals,” he added. “I’m sure he’ll continue to bring an aggressive style while still preserving the core fundamentals.”
Southee, who has participated in 88 Tests and taken 347 wickets, has stated that he is looking forward to taking over as the leader of the Blackcaps’ when they compete in Tests.