Tim Southee: 300+ Test Wicket Taker And An Extraordinary Cricketer


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“He has a warm personality with an ability to work with the players who cherish his leadership and cricketing brain” these were the words of New Zealand cricket coach Brendon McCullum when asked about Tim Southee on SENZ Breakfast Show.

Timothy Grant Southee, who also goes by Tim Southee, was born on 11 December in the year 1988. He is known for his excellent performance as a cricketer and plays all forms of the game, leaving no crumbs behind. 

Tim Southee is one of the youngest cricketers from New Zealand. He debuted when he was in his late teens, a year away from hitting the bar of twenties. He stands third in the line of New Zealand’s bowlers to take 300 test wickets. Timothy Southee took five wickets on his Test debut against England. In the second innings, he made 77 off 40 balls. As a replacement for Kane Williamson, Tim Southee was given the title of New Zealand’s captain for the first T20I against West Indies, who eventually lost the match to New Zealand. 

Full Name Timothy Grant Southee
Nickname Timmy And TNT
Profession New Zealand Cricketer ( Fast Bowler )
Date Of Birth 11 December 1988
Age 34 years
Father Name Murray Southee
Mother Name Joanne Southee
International Debut Test – 22 March 2008 Vs England In Napier
ODI – 15 June 2018 Vs England In Chester-le-street
T20 – 5 February 2008 Vs England In Auckland
Marital StatusMarried
Wife Name Brya Fahy
Net Worth $ 4 Million
Tim Southee
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Early Life

Timothy was born in Whangarei, a city in Northland. He completed his education at Whangarei Boys’ High School and King’s College, Auckland. He was often found exhibiting a keen interest in rugby and cricket, and he also played representative rugby for the Auckland Secondary School.

From 2006 to 2009, he appeared in the under-19 cricket for New Zealand. He played thirteen one-day matches, out of which ten were at ICC Under-19 World Cups, and three were played against India in the Youth Test Series 2007. 

International Career

Tim Southee made his debut in the 2006 ICC Under-19 World Cup against Bangladesh at 17. The selectors and coaches of New Zealand’s Cricket team kept an eye on Timothy when he played youth cricket. Southee also played against Pakistan, Ireland, the US, and Nepal in the same tournament and lost the finals to Nepal.

He initiated his international career as one of the youngest players ever to feature for his country. Southee gets is spotlight for his promising abilities to induce late out-swing quickly, and he became a traditional member of the international side in Twenty20, test matches, and One-day internationals.

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Tim Southee, on certain occasions, has proved to hit the long ball, taking the crown of one of the best players from New Zealand in this day and age. He finished as the Man of the Tournament at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. It is safe to say that the horizon of New Zealand’s achievements post 2000 has some prominent mentions of Tim Southee.

He scalped 18 wickets at an outstanding average of 17.33 at the semi-final finish in the 2011 World Cup, proving his ability to adapt to sub-continental conditions. A year later, New Zealand experienced a Test win in Sri Lanka, Tim Southee being at the helm of their success. Since 2018, he has taken roughly around 111 wickets at an average of 21.51.

Playing Style And Performance

Timothy Grant Southee’s skills of reading a surface instantly let him alter his momentum and lengths with confidence and assurance. He mastered the technique of altering his pace over the years, which assisted him in standing out in white-ball cricket. Brandon McCullum’s captaincy heavily depended on the partnership that these two shared, ultimately changing the future of New Zealand Cricket. He has also appeared in many T20 leagues in the global arena.

Tim Southee represented teams as big as Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Unfortunately, Timothy Southee fell victim to many injuries that ultimately disturbed his career, leading to a dip in his pace. Having young pacers ready to take on the steering hasn’t been of great assistance either. To date, Southee holds an essential position on the team sheet because of the reputation that he has earned all these years.

IPL Career

Timothy witnessed a start-stop beginning to his IPL career. Chennai Super Kings chose him for the 2011 season. CSK won the first game, but Doug Bollinger replaced Southee after two more games. He left for a couple of years and did not go back to the team.

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Rajasthan Royals brought him back to the league in 2014 for INR 1.2 crores. Because of Rajasthan Royal’s firm foreign recruits, Southee didn’t happen to play a lot. The incident repeated itself in the following year as well. For the next couple of years, he moved to Mumbai Indians after the cessation of the Rajasthan Royals.

Over the years, Southee has proved to be the Man of all seasons with an insatiable hunger for success. In the IPL season 2022, he is playing under Kolkata Knight Riders franchise.

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