Tim Southee is ready to turn his attention to the Test series with England after New Zealand experienced further heartbreak against the tourists.
New Zealand lost the Twenty20 rubber 3-2 after England sensationally prevailed in a Super Over in Auckland on Sunday.
Eoin Morgan’s men defeated the Black Caps to win the Cricket World Cup on home soil in July via a Super Over after the scores were level at the end of 100 gripping overs – the host prevailing on a boundary count-back.
And New Zealand tasted more tie-break misery at Eden Park after England scored 17 from their additional six balls compared to the Black Caps’ eight.
Chris Jordan’s last-ball boundary had tied the match in regular time for England, who reached 146-7 from 11 overs in the rain-affected T20 decider after New Zealand posted 146-5.
With New Zealand left to pick up the pieces following another nail-biting defeat, stand-in skipper Southee – leading in the absence of injured captain Kane Williamson – switched his focus to the upcoming two-Test series, which gets underway on November 21.
“The shorter the game, the harder the side can go,” Black Caps paceman Southee said afterwards.
“They just kept coming hard and it would have been nice to have one more run there somewhere but it wasn’t to be.
“It was a good series, sort of ebbed and flowed throughout, but at the end of the day it was good cricket and finished off with some good entertainment here. It will be good to get the whites back on.”
England captain Morgan also heaped praise on New Zealand following another remarkable showdown between the two teams.
“I said this after the World Cup final, they are actually a great team to aspire to be like. The way they carry themselves and perform,” Morgan told reporters.
“The Black Caps fans have been so receptive and hospitable while we’ve been here, it’s been such a pleasure to come here and play.”
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