India vs New Zealand: Tim Southee says Ross Taylor 'not far away from a big score'
Ahead of the third ODI against India, Tim Southee talked up Ross Taylor's ability, while praising his team's balanced temperament.
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.
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."
Fleming has joined the New Zealand team after guiding Chennai Super Kings to their fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title on Friday.
Webb joined the Indian team in 2019 after Shankar Basu's stint ended following the ODI World Cup but he is now ready to move on as it has become difficult for him to stay away from his family for too long in this post COVID-19 World.
Williamson was left out of Sunrisers Hyderabad's playing XI for their final match of the Indian Premier League, but Stead played down concerns around the chances of the injury hurting Williamson's participation in the marquee event.