A naturally talented bowler who also dabbled in rugby during his school days, Tim Southee made his breakthrough into the Black Caps’ one-day international and Test teams in 2008. The fast bowler’s Test debut was nothing short of spectacular, where he marked his arrival with a remarkable 5-55. He didn’t stop there and displayed his prowess as an all-rounder by scoring a quickfire 77 off just 40 balls against England in a brilliant debut performance. His ODI debut came a few months later, again against England, and Southee has since gone on to claim over 100 wickets in the 50-over format.
Known for his potent right-arm swing, Southee proved to be a solid attacking bowler. His exploits were highlighted by his impressive haul of 18 wickets during the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. His formidable partnership with Trent Boult was instrumental in striking fear into the hearts of opening batsmen during the 2015 edition of the tournament. It’s no surprise that he was subsequently named in the Test squad for the tour of England, solidifying his reputation as a valuable asset to the team.