Southee's Captaincy in Doubt as New Zealand's Australia Woes Continue

Southee’s Captaincy in Doubt as New Zealand’s Australia Woes Continue

Tim Southee’s captaincy and New Zealand’s winless streak against Australia were under scrutiny after a heartbreaking three-wicket loss in Christchurch. Southee admitted that his position as captain is vulnerable, especially considering the team’s upcoming tour to the subcontinent.

Southee’s form has been a concern, with the pacer taking only four wickets in the series. He acknowledged that the team’s spin-friendly conditions in Asia could lead to a change in the side’s composition.

Southee’s captaincy decisions were also questioned, particularly his reluctance to introduce spinner Glenn Phillips earlier in the fourth day. Phillips had dismissed both Alex Carey and Mitchell Marsh in the series, but Southee opted to stick with pace bowlers.

The selection of Scott Kuggeleijn, who bowled only three overs in the second innings, was also criticized. However, Southee defended Kuggeleijn’s inclusion, citing his valuable batting contribution.

Southee refused to blame fielding errors for the loss, despite several critical drops. He also denied that the team had a mental block against Australia, but acknowledged that they had struggled in crunch moments.

The loss extended New Zealand’s 13-year winless streak in Tests against Australia and their 31-year drought at home against their neighbor. Southee expressed disappointment but remained optimistic about the team’s future.