It will be a tough affair to beat India in their own backyard and they should be ready in time to adapt to the sub-continent conditions, something which they are not accustomed to says Kiwi star pacer Tim Southee.
New Zealand will be starting their India tour with a 3-match T20 series starting from 17th November followed by a 2-match Test Series, with the first test starting from 25th November
“It’s been a long time since we played India in India…they are a powerhouse in their own conditions. Such foreign conditions we are not used to, so we need to adapt to the conditions as quickly as possible,” Southee said after New Zealand announced a 16-member squad for the tour.
“New cycle is exciting. A great place to go on tour and test yourself against very good opposition and in trying conditions. It’s great to be part of the last cycle. We hit the reset button and looking forward to the next 2 year cycle.
“There is something special about Test cricket. It’s incredible to be part of the Test side. Over the last number of years the success we hd not only at home but overseas has been incredible to be part of,” he said.
“Test cricket is something I absolutely love and any chance to get to play is a special moment. Representing your country at the highest level is truly an honor.”
Southee said touring has drastically changed for cricket teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not only touring life, life, in general, has changed for a number of people and as cricketers, we also had to adapt to that. Lots of times in bubbles, a lot of time in quarantine, so it’s changed the way we have traveled. One of the positive sides is we spent a lot of time together as a team.”
Southee’s young pace colleague Kyle Jamieson said playing India in India is one of the “greatest challenges” for any Test-playing nation.
“We have got one of the greatest challenges coming up, playing India in India. So for me, that’s got me out of bed every day and challenges me against the best in the world in tough conditions.
“Different challenge in India, that’s what you want to do in international cricket you want to challenge yourself in different conditions and formats,” he said.
“It’s certainly been a challenge over the last 6-8 months around. Different series, different countries, and being away from home in bubble life, so it’s not easy. You try and separate them as much as you can. It’s a massive learning process