Southee retains hundred percent record as skipper

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Stand in Black Caps skipper Tim Southee has kept up his hundred percent winning record as captain.

Southee led New Zealand to a T20I triumph over the West Indies last month and on Monday skippered the Black Caps as they beat Pakistan comfortably.

The man deputizing for skipper Kane Williamson, who sat out with a side strain, credited the team effort for making leadership a light burden.

Speaking after the victory over Pakistan at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium Southee said: “It’s pretty easy when the guys play like that.

“A strength of ours throughout the season has been assessing the conditions and we did that brilliantly.”

Pakistan’s batting has been the subject of much criticism after the ODI series whitewash and Southee and opening bowling partner Seth Rance tore into their top order leaving them 38 for 6 and providing valuable lessons for the Black Caps batsmen.

Southee added: “We saw the guys that tried to hit across the line, it was difficult on that wicket.

“With the way Guppy got out he tried to do the same, but it was a really mature innings from Colin, different from the way he’s played through the season so that was pleasing to see him play a style that the team needed.”

Southee indicated that the injury to Williamson was not serious and that he would be back to lead the team soon.

He said: “It was just precautionary. I don’t think it’s a major injury and a chance to get it right because there’s plenty of cricket left in the summer.”

New Zealand face Pakistan in the second match of a three match T20I series at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday.

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