Work put in reaps rewards for paceman

Tim Southee
Tim Southee
A little time in the nets never hurt anyone.

It is has certainly played out well for Tim Southee.

The 30-year-old Black Caps seamer has been forced to watch the action from the sidelines recently.

His form had dipped so much he was even spotted playing cricket at domestic level.

He just was not getting the wickets at the top his side needed him to get.

So in came Canterbury's Matt Henry, and out went Southee.

Matt Henry
Matt Henry
But the right-armer surged back into form in Dunedin yesterday with six for 65 to help the Black Caps wrap up the one-day international series against Bangladesh 3-0.

It was his first five-wicket bag in one-day international cricket since he took seven for 33 against England at the 2015 World Cup.

''I've been working really hard away from the game, so it was nice to get a run and to contribute to a nice win,'' Southee said.

During those stints in the nets, Southee was working on lifting his pace and getting the white ball to swing.

We saw the evidence of that. He was hitting the deck harder, his pace was up and the ball was hooping around.

He took two wickets in the first over and the ball which bowled Soumya Sarkar started outside off and hit middle.

''It was a nice one. When you stand at the top of your mark that is what you try to do.''

Southee's resurgence could not have come a better time.

It was the Black Caps last one-day match before the World Cup and his performance will still be fresh in the mind of the selectors when they come to name that squad.

''I feel in the last wee while I've bowled pretty well but I haven't got the wickets that I've wanted, and as a bowler it is always nice to take those wickets.''

No worries on that score, now.

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