West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Trinidad June 15, 2014

'I've become a lot more patient' - Southee

ESPNcricinfo staff

Following his match-winning display on an unresponsive surface at Sabina Park, where he dismissed Chris Gayle twice on the way to match figures of 6 for 51, Tim Southee has jumped three places to fifth in the ICC Test bowling rankings.

Only Dale Steyn, Ryan Harris, Vernon Philander and Mitchell Johnson sit above Southee, who has shown the consistency over the last three years to suggest he belongs in that company, having taken 78 wickets in 17 Test matches at an average of 22.78 since the start of 2012.

The biggest factor in this, he has said, is his patience as a bowler. "The more cricket I've played the more patient I've become," he told New Zealand Herald. "When you're young, you want take wickets every time you bowl. The reality is it's not going to happen.

"Test cricket is tough. You work [through] spells to try and pick up wickets and you may not get it in the first spell but when you come back and keep applying pressure the rewards will come.

"One thing I've learned is if the wickets aren't coming, don't go looking for them. Especially on wickets like this [in the West Indies]. Patience is going to be massive."

Southee credited the planning done behind the scenes for the success the New Zealand bowlers enjoyed in the Jamaica Test.

"We have a raw and young bowling attack and it's an exciting attack to be part of," he said. "We all bounce ideas off each other, throw things around.

"There's a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes. [Bowling coach Shane Bond] Bondy and the bowlers set plans for each batsman and it's pleasing to see them come off and know we are doing the right thing behind closed doors."

The first Test was also the scene of Kemar Roach's return to cricket after more than seven months out with a shoulder injury.

"Jamaica was a tough Test match," Roach told WICB Media. "It was my first Test back after injury. The wicket wasn't really good for fast bowling so you had to work really hard on it.

"It was best to keep line and length on it and pitch up to the batsman as much as possible. I think the bowlers did pretty well. We didn't get the wickets we wanted but we created chances."

Roach seemed to be feeling his way back in during New Zealand's first innings, but sent down encouraging spells during the second innings, in which he had figures of 2 for 12 in 12 overs.

"The first morning I was a bit nervous," he said. "I had a shoulder injury and it was my bowling shoulder so I was a bit tentative at first but then I realised it felt perfect. The first hour back in Test cricket was difficult for me but I came out on top."

The second Test is at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad, a venue with happy memories for Roach, who took ten wickets in the last Test match he played there, against Australia in 2012.

"Coming to Trinidad now, the last Test I played here I performed pretty well against Australia so I'm looking to better that performance or even top it," he said. "I'm just going to go out there put in my best and give it a good shot.

"In Trinidad, the wicket has got better over the years, so it's better for fast bowling. So you've just got to go out there and put the work in, bowl some strong balls in good areas, the batsmen will make mistakes and you will get the wickets."

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  • brendan on June 16, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Hopefully some of the maturity he's showing with his bowling will transfer to his batting in coming years, for the moment i've got no problem with the way he's batting though. Sure it can be fustrating sometimes, but he has the ability to make quick runs and put the opposition under the pump at what can be pretty pivotal moments in the game. It's obvious he's been given a license to go out there and have a go and we do have a few other guys in the lower order who can bat time. Never looks that great when trying to defend, like the 2nd test in England where he tried to dig in and from memory he edged Swann twice short of slip defending then finally got out the 3rd time. Plus as a cricket fan it's always entertaining watching a tailender take to the bowling.

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    LOLZ @Shane Bond.... People do not understand that we kiwis know him too well and have lost the running battle of demanding he take batting seriously... lolz! Neesham put it best when asked if told him to settle down in the India test and he replied, "You can't really tell him anything, he's a free spirit." Lolz.... It is true though.... he 'could' bat longer, average more... but, for now, it is an 'as you were' situation 8-)

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    you would notice if you look at southee's high scores is that he starts off with a couple of overs without scoring, if he starts off slower by gaining singles and twos, he could theoretically bat for much longer, yes he is nzs best bowler in tests since vettori was constantly injured, but if he learns to bat through a session, i see no reason why he cant be averaging near mithcell johnson in terms of batting average

  • Android on June 15, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    @bobbo2 Some people shoulf never bat with patience. And he's one of them. He looks nothing but scratchy when defending balls after balls. He's better of slogging and hitting the maximums as he has been doing for past 6 years.

  • Dion on June 15, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    He has some talent with the bat too. A bit more patience there and he could make some runs

  • A.J on June 15, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I agree with Rishad D'Souza, Southee has found the recipe for success, but needs to stick to it.

    Maybe patience comes with age and if it does for Southee, without a drop in pace, then it could be very interesting to watch NZ.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    He is bowling good lines these days - exhibiting the kind of patience he attributes his success to above. It's not enough to just run up and bowl north to, um, Southee....

    Lolz... sorry.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    The behind the scenes planning Southee speaks of has been evident in the New Zealand bowling for some time now. Both India and the West Indies struggled against the rock solid preparation of the Kiwis last summer, and despite some time off, the attack appears to have returned with the same attitude. It's also wonderful to see numerous batters rising to the challenge of an overseas tour. Here's hoping for a great second test!

  • Android on June 15, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    those are very valid points made as far as tests are concerned. Southee seems to have cooked himself up a recipe to success, hope he sticks to it. Boult on the other is still the kind off bowler who will search for wickets even on flat tracks and end up frustrating himself. But I think he's great on green tracks when the ball does things, so I think these two are the very solid core of a really decent bowling attack.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    WI players are in shock of the quality of NZ . A team must be fit to be in the field for 2 days and still do well against a "quality" side . Take a good look at the SL/England teams and scores .This is TEST cricket not T20 , so the WI must start with a bunch of "youngsters" who understand TEST cricket....... The time is NOW.

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