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New Zealand deserves longer Test series, says Tim Southee

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Auckland, June 28 (IANS) New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee has pitched for his country be given more longer Test series after his team’s victory over the Virat Kohli-led India in the World Test Championship final at Southampton recently.

Of the 18 bilateral series the Black Caps have played in the last five years, four have been three-match series, while the rest have been two-match series.

India, who will take on hosts England in a five-Test series in August-September this year, have also played 18 series, but a dozen of them have comprised at least three Tests. Besides, they have also played a number of four- and five-Test series during the corresponding period.

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“I guess one of our strengths as a side is that we sort of just concentrate on what’s put in front of us, and what we try and achieve as a group, (but) I guess playing more Test cricket as a whole would be nice,” Southee was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Monday.

“We don’t play that many three-match series, so I guess just being able to play more Test matches and hopefully more three-match series rather than two-match series. But yeah, I think it’s tough with future tours programme (FTP) already being in place up to now, but just being able to perform at this level for a number of years and being a consistent side, I guess we have that right to play more Test cricket,” added Southee, who returned figures of 4/48 in the second innings of the WTC final to demolish India by eight wickets.

On what he thought would be the advantage of playing a longer Test series, Southee said, it will prepare the side for tougher challenges.

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“As players, Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game, and you always want to play more. It’s something that we haven’t played a lot of, three-match series, so to be able to test yourself over three matches rather than just two matches — it’s obviously a lot more taxing, it’s a tougher battle to get yourself up and go again over three matches, but that’s the beauty of it.”

–IANS

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