Tim Southee

New Zealand
Age
December 11, 1988 (34 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Whangarei, Northland
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
New Zealand
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium fast

Tim Southee is a New Zealand frontline bowler and plays for his national side in all formats of the game. Southee is a prolific right-arm medium-fast bowler and has gained incredible success at the international level. He is also a useful lower-order right-handed batsman.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

New Zealand, Essex, Northern Districts, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Middlesex, New Zealand Under-19, Basnahira Cricket Dundee, New Zealanders, Vancouver Knights

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
143
86
32
679
55
12.57
696
97.56
0
1
53
26
T20I
94
37
14
259
39
11.26
186
139.25
0
0
17
16
Test
80
109
9
1659
77*
16.59
1942
85.43
0
5
164
72
IPL
40
14
5
109
36*
12.11
86
126.74
0
0
8
4

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
143
141
7195
6558
190
7/33
5.47
34.52
37.87
5
3
0
T20I
94
92
2033
2770
114
5/18
8.18
24.3
17.83
1
1
0
Test
80
147
17626
8768
307
7/64
2.98
28.56
57.41
20
12
1
IPL
40
40
906
1270
30
3/24
8.41
42.33
30.2
0
0
0

Tim Southee was born on 11 December 1988 in Whangarei, New Zealand. He was 17 years old when he played his first Under-19 World Cup. He played U19 cricket for New Zealand from 2006–2009. Tim Southee is one of the youngest New Zealand cricketers debuting for Kiwis at the age of 19.  He has also played more than 100 List A games and picked more than 400 wickets.

Tim Southee is known for the remarkable swing and pace bowling. He is currently vice-captain of the international team and has also captained New Zealand a few times in the absence of regular skipper Ken Williamson. He has been a consistent performer and has played a crucial role in New Zealand’s success in all the three formats of the game.

ODI Career

Following his great success in Test and T20 international, Tim Southee was drafted straight away into the New Zealand ODI national team. Tim Southee made his ODI debut against England on 15 June 2008.  He started his ODI career with a  bang and made a statement by picking 20 wickets in the very first year of the ODI career.

In the ICC World Cup 2011, Southee bowled remarkably; he scalped 18 wickets at an excellent average of 17.33. He showed great bowling skills while playing in not so bowler-friendly conditions. 2011 was the best year for Southee in ODIs as he picked up a total of 25 wickets at an average of 21.16.

Since 2013, Tim Southee along with his opening bowling partner Trent Boult has picked 40 percent of all wickets. The bowling duo is currently one of the best in cricket, fitting each other perfectly. In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Tim Southee bowled his best ODI spell against England. He picked 7 wickets for just 33 runs in his nine-over spell – his top ODI figures. He is only the 7th bowler who has picked 7 or more wickets in an ODI innings.

Tim Southee possesses a good record playing in both home and away conditions. At home, he has picked 94 wickets from 36 games and 96 wickets from 38 games while playing on foreign soil.

Southee was also made a stand-in captain in one ODI game in the absence of regular skipper Ken Williamson. Lately, due to the amazing form of other key pacers like Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson, Southee had to make space for some of them. As a result, Southee got an opportunity to play just one match in the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Tim Southee got a great bowling average against top ODI teams like England and India. From 143 ODI games, Tim Southee picked 190 wickets at an average of 34.51 and a strike rate of 37.87.  Southee bowled with an economy of 5.47 in his ODI career.

Test Career

Tim Southee has shown significant promise since his debut in the national team of New Zealand. Southee possesses great skills and variety in his bowling; his most effective tools are pace and outswing. He is currently 4th ranked ICC Test bowler. He had a dream debut of his Test career.

Tim Southee made his first Test appearance against England in a third Test match on 22 March 2008. In the debut game, Southee picked a five-wicket haul and also scored 77 not out from just 40 balls which included nine sixes and four fours. Since then, Tim Southee has been unstoppable, being a premier bowler for New Zealand over the years. He has bowled stupendously in Tests and also batted decently in the lower order.

During the New Zealand tour of India 2012 – 2013, Southee bowled outstandingly despite very little assistance from the surface. He picked his best bowling figures of 7 for 64 against India in the 2nd Test of the series at Bangalore. Southee picked 10 wickets in a Test match against England at London, which was the first Test of 2013 New Zealand tour of England.

Throughout his career, Tim Southee has bowled well against Sri Lanka. He picked 53 wickets against them at an average of 18.08. In 2019, Tim Southee picked 33 wickets at an average of 29.03. In his Test career, Tim Southee has picked 284 wickets from 73 Test games at an average of 29 and a strike rate of 57.72. 10 times he has picked 5 wickets in an innings and once 10 wickets in a Test match. While batting, Southee scored 1688 runs from 106 innings at an average of 17.38.

T20 Career

Tim Southee is one of the more skillful bowlers in T20 cricket. He possesses great variety and technique which are required to succeed in the shortest format of the game. He can bowl a yorker as well as slower delivery with accuracy to deceive any batsman. Tim Southee made his T20 International debut for New Zealand on 5 February 2008 against England. In his first match, he picked up 1 wicket for 38 runs.

Tim Southee also made a record in T20I for taking a hat trick in a game against Pakistan in 2010. He was the third bowler to do so in T20Is. Tim Southee has also captained the New Zealand T20I team in the absence of regular skipper. Under Tim Southee’s captaincy, New Zealand won seven out of 13 T20 Internationals and lost 6 games.

Tim Southee in his T20I career of 71 games played so far, picked 78 wickets at an average of 27.45.  With 78 wickets, Tim Southee is currently the 7th highest wicket-taker in T20Is with an economy of 8.46. His career-best T20I spell came against Pakistan on 26 December 2010 when he picked 5 wickets for just 18 runs in his four-over spell.

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