Tim Southee, New Zealand bowler, World Cup 2019 player full profile: Black Caps pacer can sing redemption song if he rediscovers extra yard of pace

Tim Southee is currently the eleventh highest world cup wicket taker, and second amongst active players (after Lasith Malinga). He could climb up the list considerably if he rediscovers an extra yard of pace.

Michael Wagener, Apr 19, 2019 13:36:17 IST

When Tim Southee took 7/33 against England in the last World Cup, it seemed like he had finally arrived, after years of promise. He debuted while he was still in his teens, and had become a solid performer, but there had always been the feeling that there was more available. On that Friday afternoon in Wellington, Southee delivered the performance that fans had been hoping for. Four English batsmen bowled by balls that swung to just hit the off stump, two nicked off and one bamboozled into dishing up a leading edge. It was as good as pace bowling gets.

It was, however, a zenith from which he would quickly descend. A combination of injuries, modifications to his action, experimenting with new techniques and plain bad luck saw him return with some appalling figures. Between May 2015 and August 2018 he averaged 43.22 at an economy rate of 5.7 runs per over. With numbers like that it is easy to see why he was dropped.

But numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Throughout that time, he’s often been troubling batsmen only for them to play and miss instead of nicking off, and when he has found the edge, the ball has often travelled to the boundary instead of a fielder. The pressure that he’s been able to help build can be shown in the fact that despite him hardly taking any wickets, he and Boult have been the most difficult opening partnership to face, with the opposition top 3 batsmen from top teams averaging a collective 35.48 against New Zealand during that period.

Southee bowls slower than most opening bowlers, but has all the tricks of a medium pacer. He bowls one of the best off-cutters in the game, that at times turns further than some spin bowlers’ stock deliveries. His “three-quarter ball” that looks like it’s going to swing but then comes back off the seam is a magic ball that has beaten many good batsmen. His bouncer has just the right combination of precision and variation to cause problems. But he’s probably still 5 km/h too slow to really be as effective as he could be. He is currently the eleventh highest world cup wicket taker, and second amongst active players (after Lasith Malinga). He could climb up the list considerably if he rediscovers an extra yard of pace.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:31:48 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254