India vs New Zealand: Tim Southee says Ross Taylor 'not far away from a big score'

PTI, Oct, 22 2016

Mohali: Having surprised India in the second ODI, New Zealand pacer Tim Southee today said the strength of
the side lies in the fact that they don't get "too far ahead of ourselves" nor "too down on ourselves" when the results are not going in their favour.

Tim Southee (C) has backed Ross Taylor's (L) abiity. AFP

Tim Southee (C) has backed Ross Taylor's (L) abiity. AFP

New Zealand shocked India by six runs in the second One-day International in New Delhi to register their first win
of the tour.

"I think the strength of our side is that we don't get too far ahead of ourselves and we don't get too down of
ourselves when the results don't go our way. We prepare the same way before every match and I don't think you can let what's happened in the game before influence the game you are preparing for," Southee said addressing a pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's third ODI here.

He was asked if the narrow win would boost their confidence.

From a New Zealand point of view, a victory was all they needed after a string of defeats.

Southee, who earned three scalps in the last tie and also impressed with the bat in Dharamsala, asserted, "Our
preparation has been the same, we know it's a big match. We've got to get used to these conditions as quickly we can, which obviously are different than what they were in Delhi."

Asked if the poor form of their top batsman Ross Taylor was bothering the side, Southee said, "It's not an easy
place (the sub-continent) to come in, had a difficult Test series, but Ross is a class batsman, he has shown that for a number of years. He is a quality player, he is not far away from, I guess a big score. He is still working hard at the nets."

Despite the Kiwis doing badly on the Indian tour, Southee said, "the team spirits are still high, it's been a long tour, but the guys are still happy and a great group of guys came in a couple of weeks ago and the environment has been good".

Again speaking about Taylor, he said, "Yeah, obviously, he's a bit disappointed, he is a senior player, he wants to
obviously lead with some runs. We know there is a big score round the corner for him."

Published Date: Oct 22, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 22, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115