Tim Southee Aims To Repeat Lord's Heroics

Tim Southee Aims To Repeat Lord's Heroics
Tim Southee is aiming to repeat his wonderful performance against England in 2013 at Lord’s in the first Test.
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New Zealand pacer Tim Southee is aiming to repeat his wonderful performance against England in 2013 at Lord’s when the two teams meet on Thursday for the first Test.

It was two years ago that Southee ended up with a 10-wicket haul in the match which landed him on the Lord’s honors board and he will be raring to replicate the success this time around as well.

Dwelling on his previous success at the venue, Southee is aware that all the history counts for nothing when he takes the field for the first Test.

"It's always nice to come back to a ground where you've had success,” said Southee.

“But you start on zero again on Thursday.”

Southee also bowled a lethal spell of swing bowling this year in Wellington during the World Cup to leave England in shambles.

However, the pacer doesn’t believe that he holds a psychological edge over England after that top-class performance.

The 26-year-old was also unwilling to write off England despite their worries on and off the field in recent times.

"They (England) are coming off a Test series (drawn 1-1 in the Caribbean) where some of the guys performed very well.

"What happened in the World Cup happened, and I'm sure they'll learn from that."

New Zealand will head into the series with terrific momentum behind them, having not lost a Test series over the last 18 months.

However, they face an uphill task ahead of them as they haven’t beaten England in a Test series home or away since 1999.

Despite being through a troubled phase as a team, England pacer Stuart Broad is confident of his side’s chances in the series.

Stressing on the importance of this series, Broad feels that the matches against New Zealand will give a good measure of his team’s capabilities.

"It's vital to win this series against New Zealand," said Broad.

"It's a good opportunity going into the first Test for us to concentrate on the actual cricket, how we are going to up our game, get results and how we are going to up our love for cricket as a country."

Having battled each other for the first time in 1930, the Lord’s Test will be the 100th encounter between England and New Zealand.

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