Player Profile

Timothy Grant Southee
New Zealand
Born December 11, 1988 ( 31 Yrs )
Birth Place Whangarei, Northland
Height
Known As
Player Role Bowler
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm fast-medium

Career Information - Teams

New Zealand, New Zealand U19, Chennai Super Kings, Essex, Basnahira Cricket Dundee, Rajasthan Royals, Northern Knights, Mumbai Indians, New Zealand A, Middlesex, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Vancouver Knights


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

The outswinger is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Tim Southee. That has been the delivery which has caused most damage from him, although over the years, he has developed a vast repertoire of deliveries. Apart from a fine new-ball bowler, he has developed into a fine old-ball bowler too with the pace variations and reverse swing being his ally. Apart from being a very wily bowler, Southee has also shown on quite a few occasions that he can hit the long ball. Safe to say he has been one of the gems to have come out of New Zealand in this millennium.

It was the 2008 Under-19 World Cup that shot Southee to fame. He ended as the Man of the Tournament and made everyone who watched him bowl to sit up and take notice. He was fasttracked into the New Zealand Test side and made his debut in the home series against England. A 5-fer and a sparkling 77 in the second innings is what he had to show, an emphatic statement that told the world that he had arrived on the big stage. In the return series in England, he also made his debut in the shorter formats and has been a regular member of the Kiwi line-up ever since.

Most of New Zealand's key achievements after 2000 have seen a Southee stamp on it somehwere. Semifinal finish in the 2011 World Cup had him playing a major role as he scalpd 18 wickets at an excellent average of 17.33 - ample proof of his ability to adapt to sub-continental conditions. A rare Test win in Sri Lanka followed during the 2012-13 season and Southee was at the helm there as well with an excellent eight-wicket match haul. He was also on song during the 2015 World Cup where New Zealand made their first ever appearance in a final.

Southee's key skill is his ability to read a surface quickly, thereby readjusting his pace, lengths and line with aplomb. The crafty nature of varying the pace is a skill he mastered over the years which helped him shine a lot in white-ball cricket. Since the arrival of the prodigious talent that is Trent Boult, he has formed a staggering new-ball partnership that can be counted among the best in the world. The duo feed off each other and have wrecked havoc in the opposition batting line-ups more often than not. Brendon McCullum's ultra-aggressive mode of captaincy that changed the cricketing fortunes of the Kiwis depended on a lot on the Southee-Boult partnership.

Southee has played his part in quite a few T20 leagues across the globe, notably the IPL where he represented some big teams like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Injuries have plagued his career over the last few years which has had an impact on his white-ball career. The dip in pace hasn't helped either and also the fact that there are younger pacers waiting in the wings to take on the mantle. However, the reputation that he carries ensures that he still remains a vital name on the team sheet.

The white-ball future could be a tad uncertain for Southee although it seems like he wants to carry on till the 2019 World Cup. He enjoyed a decent Champions Trophy 2017 in England although the Kiwis failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. Though his white-ball fortunes have faded a bit in the recent past, Southee still has it in him to make an impact particularly with the new ball and in the slog overs of the innings. He is also the spearhead of the attack who mentors the other quicks around him with his experience that is invaluable.

IPL through the years

The New Zealand pacer had a start-stop beginning to his IPL career. He was picked for the 2011 season by Chennai Super Kings and though he won them their first game by defending 6 off the final over, Southee played only a couple more after that as Doug Bollinger replaced him. The championship winning team did not retain him and he was left in the wilderness for two years.

Rajasthan Royals bought him back to the league in 2014 for INR 1.2 crore. He didn't play much because of Royals' strong foreign recruits. The same happened in 2015 and once Rajasthan were terminated, Southee moved to Mumbai Indians for the next two years.

In the first season with Mumbai, Southee played 11 games and returned with 9 scalps for an average of 36. The second year he was overlooked for the likes Mitchell McClenaghan and Mitchell Johnson. In 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore entered the fray for the Kiwi and picked him for his base price of 1 crore. He went on to become the main death bowler for RCB and that in return made them retain him.

World Cup - Through the years

Most of New Zealand's key achievements after 2000 have seen a Southee stamp on it somewhere. Semifinal finish in the 2011 World Cup had him playing a major role as he scalped 18 wickets at an excellent average of 17.33 - ample proof of his ability to adapt to sub-continental conditions. He was also on song during the 2015 World Cup where New Zealand made their first ever appearance in a final. His career best spell of 7/33 came in World Cup 2015 where Southee destroyed England's batting line-up with his lethal spell with the new ball. He was unplayable and it was due to his bowling spell that England were wrapped up for a paltry score of 123 at Wellington.

In World Cup 2019, his partnership with Trent Boult will be the one to watch out for. If the two speedsters manage to take crucial wickets in the Powerplay, New Zealand have a good chance to make it to the knock-outs. They're always considered as the dark horses in ICC events and if the Kiwis want to put up a good show in the showpiece event in England, Tim Southee will have to put his best foot forward.

Info: Southee has won two IPLs - CSK in 2011 and MI in 2017 without being part of the final XI.

By Hariprasad Sadanandan


Career

TEST debut vs England at McLean Park, Mar 22, 2008
Last TEST vs India at Hagley Oval, Feb 29, 2020
ODI debut vs England at Riverside Ground, Jun 15, 2008
Last ODI vs India at Bay Oval, Feb 11, 2020
T20 debut vs England at Eden Park, Feb 05, 2008
Last T20 vs India at Bay Oval, Feb 02, 2020
IPL debut vs Kolkata Knight Riders at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Apr 08, 2011
Last IPL vs Kings XI Punjab at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Apr 24, 2019

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 143 86 32 681 55 12.61 696 97.84 0 0 1 53 26
T20 70 31 12 226 39 11.89 155 145.81 0 0 0 15 15
Test 73 105 9 1668 77 17.38 1943 85.85 0 0 5 164 72
IPL 40 14 6 115 36 14.38 90 127.78 0 0 0 8 4

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 143 141 7195 6557 190 33/7 33/7 5.47 34.51 37.87 3 0
T20 70 68 1494 2106 78 18/5 18/5 8.46 27 19.15 1 0
Test 73 136 16393 8237 284 64/7 108/10 3.01 29 57.72 10 1
IPL 40 40 888 1293 28 24/3 24/3 8.74 46.18 31.71 0 0