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'Southee could become world's best swing bowler' - Donald

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March 27, 2011

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Tim Southee provided the first breakthrough for New Zealand, Kenya v New Zealand, Group A, World Cup 2011, Chennai, February 20, 2011
Tim Southee has had an impressive World Cup so far © Associated Press
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Tim Southee could become the best swing bowler in the world, Allan Donald, New Zealand's bowling coach, has said. Southee has been the best among New Zealand's bowlers this World Cup, picking up 15 wickets in seven games at an average of 17.

"When I sat in my hotel room in Christchurch when I first arrived in New Zealand to start my job, I sat there for about three days and watched Tim operate against Pakistan [in the second Test at the Basin Reserve]," Donald told Sunday News. "I know the wicket was very flat but I just liked straight away what he offered.

"The first thing I said to him when I met him was - `I want you to take the responsibility of leading this attack. As young as you are, I want you to take that responsibility because you could become the best swing bowler in world cricket in the next year or so'.

"`I want you to believe that but also it's what you do on the field and off the field that will determine the respect you get'."

There is room for improvement, Donald said. "He's engaged in a lot more conversation now in terms of saying this needs to be serious. He's got some white-line fever about him and I think he wants it. He really wants it and I think people want him to want it even more.

"That's really all I've done. I haven't changed his style of bowling, although I think we can improve that. I think he can add the inswinger to right-handers and that's something I need to bring to his game to add some variety."

Donald joined the New Zealand support staff on a short-term contract but he is engaged in talks with New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan about his future. "The World Cup needs to be done and dusted first before we start talking about whether I'm going to stay on," he said. "John Wright [the New Zealand coach] wants to go home and he wants to express his vision to New Zealand Cricket and we'll take it from there."

New Zealand take on Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the World Cup in Colombo on March 29.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 30, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

Southee and Khan have been the best quick bowlers in this world cup by a long way, with Khan being about 100 these days and Tim being 22 it looks like he might be the best sooner rather than later.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 29, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

Rubbish, everyone knows that Scott Styris is the world's greatest bowler.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 28, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

He He what a laugh Dream on.....

Posted by Anver on (March 28, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

With his past experiences surely Donald can further improve the standards of NZ pace attack ......good move by NZ cricket board !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 28, 2011, 5:22 GMT)

Throw in Trent Boult and a young spinner or 2; we got a good crop of bowlers coming through. Now we just need some batsmen to play around the Prodigy (Williamson). NZ cricket future looking bright.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 28, 2011, 4:10 GMT)

Allan, inject them with the macho of All Blacks to toughen them out. You are the right Boer to do so although Kiwus love locking horns with boers in rugby !!! Ha ha

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 28, 2011, 3:36 GMT)

Allan Donald has been a god send to NZ Cricket. Their bowling attack as improved tenfold to what it use to be as they seem to be bowling with far more attitude and focus and there is alot of self belief in the team in this area. NZC would be silly not to sign him up for as long as possible and I would be happy to donate money to that cause as I find watching the Black Caps far more enjoyable now. Very good Job "White Lightning" and Mr Wright.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 28, 2011, 2:54 GMT)

Kemar Roach is also another bowler who has to b carrying the weight of the entire bowling attack on his shoulders. all the big sides have it easy India have Zaheer & Harbajan South Africa have Morkel & Steyn England have Anderson , Swann, Bresnan & Tremlett Pakistan have Rehman Gul & Kaneria Sri Lanka have Malinga Kulasekara & Mendis Australia have Haurtitz Johnson & co i like Both Roach & Southee but they r young & leading a bowling attack is Hard Work its going to take a serious toll on them

Posted by Andrew on (March 28, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

I initially laughed when I read the heading, but who knows. Hope he'll continue to improve for the Black Caps. Kiwis to win the W/Cup v Pakistan.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 28, 2011, 2:19 GMT)

James Anderson, THAT'S A CHALLENGE TO YOU... Are you the best swing bowler in the world or are you going to let Tim Southee take the crown? Only your performances on the field will count...

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