Tim Southee wants more Test cricket matches

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Tim Southee wants more Test cricket matches

Tim Southee thinks New Zealand needs to play more Test Matches as they have almost the fewest number of Test matches played "I guess one of our strengths as a side is that we sort of just concentrate on what's put in front of us, and what we try and achieve as a group, [but] I guess playing more Test cricket as a whole would be nice," Southee said on Monday, as quoted by cricbuzz "We don't play that many three-match series, so I guess just being able to play more Test matches and hopefully more three-match series rather than two-match series.

"But yeah, I think it's tough with future tours [programme] already being in place up to now, but just being able to perform at this level for a number of years and being a consistent side, I guess we have that right to play more Test cricket," he added.

Three matches

He thinks that it is necessary to play 3 matches since that increases the "beauty" of everything "As players, Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game, and you always want to play more. It's something that we haven't played a lot of, three-match-series, so to be able to test yourself over three matches rather than just two matches - it's obviously a lot more taxing, it's a tougher battle to get yourself up and go again over three matches, but that's the beauty of it, and it's part and parcel of it.

It's tough cricket, and you want to play as much as you possibly can." Southee is still feeling well and as if he intends to stay in this sport for a long time "Seeing guys like James Anderson, at 38, still being able to do what he's doing gives everyone hope, Ross Taylor at 37 still being able to perform at this level."

"I think it comes down to the individual standards that you set for yourself, and you're able to hold those high standards that it takes to play at this level, then I guess age is only a number. I hope there's a lot of life left in me."

"I feel as fit as I ever have, so I'd love to play this game for as long as I possibly can. It's an absolute privilege and an absolute honour to represent your country, and do what we do, so I personally would love to do it [for as long as possible].