New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee on Monday (December 20) said the team does not boast of any superstars in the coaching department but have a great understanding and team environment. Over the past few years, New Zealand have played an exceptional brand of cricket and are managing to constantly beat top teams like India and England.
During the recently concluded 20-20 World Cup also, New Zealand managed to go about their business in a usual calm and composed manner and finished as runners-up.
“Yeah, I guess we do not have superstars in terms of X-players in the coaching staff, but we have a great team environment. Not only the players, but the support staff also buys into that. We respect everyone, we try to have a lot of fun and everyone works hard. Guys buy into what the team is about and what we all are trying to achieve,” said Southee, according to NDTV Sports.
Skipper Williamson said that New Zealand are not perturbed by being constantly viewed as underdogs in ICC events. New Zealand have gone from underdogs to contenders in each of the ICC events that have gone by in the past six years. Despite showing a great amount of consistency, the Williamson-led team do not hog much of the limelight.
“I am yet to hear the favorites tag but yeah for us, it is always about focusing on the bigger picture as a side and trying to put our energy into taking one step ahead. There is a lot of planning that goes on. But you go to tournaments and every team is strong,” said Williamson.
New Zealand were last seen playing two-match Test series against India. They will next be seen in a two-match Test series against Bangladesh starting on January 1 Tauranga.