India is a “power” in its own backyard. New Zealand seaman Tim Southee said that the Black Hats need to quickly adapt to India’s spin-friendly conditions to win the upcoming test series.
The two test series will be the first encounter between the two teams in a test cricket match since the June World Test Championship final. New Zealand defeated India 3-0 on its last trip to India in 2016.
“It’s been a long time since we played against the Indian team in India… They are a strong team under their own conditions. We are not used to such foreign conditions, so we need to adapt to the conditions as soon as possible,” Southee announced the tour in New Zealand. Said after the 16-person team.
New Zealand announced the team roster on ThursdayAfter the duo spent a lot of time in the biosecurity bubble and isolated, the left-arm pacemaker Trent Bolt all-around Colin de Grandholm was excluded. Southee said that with the new testing cycle starting from the Indian Tour, the first World Trade Center championship has become a thing of the past.
“The new cycle is exciting. A great place to visit, you can test yourself under very good opponents and difficult conditions. I am very happy to be part of the last cycle. We pressed the reset button and look forward to the next two years cycle.
“Test cricket has something special. It’s incredible to be a part of the test team. In the past few years, we have had incredible success not only at home but also overseas,” he said.
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“The cricket test is something I like very much. Any opportunity to participate in a game is a special moment. It is indeed an honor to represent your country at the highest level.”
Southee said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cricket team’s tour has changed dramatically. “Not only the tour, but the lives of many people have also changed. As cricket players, we must also adapt to this situation. Many times in the bubble, a lot of time in isolation, so it has changed the way we travel. The positive side is that we spent a lot of time together as a team.”
“One of the biggest challenges”
Kyle Jamieson, a young Southee colleague, said that printing in India is one of the “biggest challenges” for any country participating in the test. “One of the biggest challenges we encountered was to print degrees in India. So for me, it allowed me to get up every day and challenge myself against the best players in the world under difficult conditions.
“There are different challenges in India. This is what you want to do in international cricket matches. You want to challenge yourself under different conditions and formats,” he said.
Jamison also believes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lives of athletes have changed. “In the past six or eight months, this has undoubtedly been a challenge. Different series, different countries, running away from home in the bubble life, so it is not easy. You try to separate them as much as possible. This is A huge learning process.”
The first test of the upcoming tour will take place in Kanpur from November 25th to 29th, followed by a game in Mumbai from December 3rd to 7th. Before the test, there will be three T20I games in Jaipur (November 17th), Ranchi (November 19th) and Kolkata (November 21st).