Tim Southee claimed his 300th Test wicket as New Zealand edged closer to a win over Pakistan on the fourth day of the first Test.
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee celebrates his 300th Test wicket. (AP Photo)
- Pakistan were 71/3, still 302 runs from their victory target of 373
- New Zealand set Pakistan 373 to win after leading by 192
- Tim Southee became the third New Zealand pacer to take 300 Test wickets
Tim Southee became the third New Zealand pacer to claim his 300th Test wicket as the hosts left Pakistan staring at a massive defeat on the fourth day of the first Test.
Southee became the third Kiwi after Richard Hadlee (431) and Daniel Vettori (361), the 34th bowler from all nations and only the fourth active player to achieve the 300 wicket milestone.
Pakistan were 71-3, still 302 runs from their victory target of 373, with Azhar Ali on 34 and Fawad Alam 21 not out. New Zealand set Pakistan 373 to win after leading by 192 on the first innings and declaring its second innings at 180-5, shortly before tea.
“I knew it was reasonably close,” Southee told Spark Sport. “It’s nice but we’ve still got a bit of work to do with the ball over the next day.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had declared his side’s second innings at 180-5 about 30 minutes before tea after openers Tom Blundell and Tom Latham produced a 111-run first-wicket partnership.
“It’s obviously a pretty cool moment (to reach 300 wickets),” Southee said. “You’re out there with your mates and some of them have obviously been there for a long time as well.
“I’ve enjoyed some great moments with these guys along the way and it’s just a great feeling to be out there with a great bunch of guys and a good crowd here on day four at a beautiful cricket ground.”
At 32, Southee still has many more wickets to come.
“I like test cricket and I want to play it as long as I can,” he said. “I don’t like to put a number on it but you look at the likes of James Anderson, still doing a hell of a job at the age of 38.
“You’re a long time retired so as long as you can keep performing at the levels that a required I don’t see a reason to put a number on it.”