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Southee wants New Zealand to end Sri Lanka’s World Test Championship dreams




New Zealand captain Tim Southee will be hoping his side can build on their thrilling win over England last month when they host Sri Lanka in a two-Test series starting in Christchurch on Thursday. The Black Caps handed England only their second Test defeat under the watchful eye of new coach Brendon McCullum after they recorded a thrilling one-run win in Wellington last week, and the Kiwis will now turn their attention to the tour of Sri Lanka.

The series is part of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship period (2021-23) and Sri Lanka still have an outside chance of reaching June’s decider should they complete a 2-0 scoreline, but Southee is looking to make it as close as possible They are aiming to make it as difficult as possible. To receive tourists.

Southee is instead focusing on his team’s preparations and ensuring that they take all the momentum out of the England series against Sri Lanka.

“The number of people talking about Test cricket is great, it was great to see the Basin Reserve full for five days. I think, in general, people are happy to see people.” Talking about Test cricket. And Test cricket is exciting. England has played its part in this in the last one year. People still see Test cricket as the pinnacle of the game,” Saudi said.

“It’s a match that will be talked about for a long time, but they are a very humble group. Our focus now will be on Sri Lanka. We are clearly out of the Test Championship, and they have a lot to play for.” Something. Next two weeks,” Southee said.

New Zealand’s preparations for the series haven’t been entirely straightforward, with key paceman Kyle Jamieson sidelined due to a back injury in England last year.

Former captain Kane Williamson has also been absent from training in Christchurch this week, with the veteran remaining with family in Tauranga to mourn the death of his late grandmother.

“On behalf of the team, I think everyone is feeling for Kane at the moment and he is in the best place possible. And he is with and around his family. It is a sad time for the Williamson family. We’re looking forward to Kane joining in. He’s been able to train with the Northern Districts guys in Tauranga so I’m sure he’ll hit a lot of balls and make sure he’s ready to go on Thursday ,” concluded the Kiwi skipper.

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