Black Caps captain Tim Southee explains perplexing Super Over calls in England loss

 stuff.co.nz  11/10/2019 18:47:00 

Black Caps captain Tim Southee has explained a couple of decisions which perplexed punters after yet another agonising limited-overs defeat to England

The call to pair Tim Seifert with Martin Guptill in the Super Over loss in Auckland on Sunday evening was baffling, while Southee's decision to shoulder the responsibility with the ball over Trent Boult or Mitchell Santner was also questioned after the 3-2 Twenty 20 series defeat. 

"He was padded up ready to go," Southee said when asked why Jimmy Neesham, who batted in the World Cup Super Over earlier this year, didn't partner Guptill.

"We just felt with [Chris] Jordan being able to execute his yorkers and Tim Seifert being able to play the scoop and the shots over the keeper, that he may have been a better option with Jordan being such a good yorker bowler."

Black Caps allrounder Jimmy Neesham leaked 16 runs in the final over as England forced a Super Over.
Black Caps allrounder Jimmy Neesham leaked 16 runs in the final over as England forced a Super Over.

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After England scored 16 runs off the 11th and final over in the rain shortened match ensured another Super Over was required to split the combatants, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan plundered 17 runs off the Super Over.

New Zealand were in the hunt after managing seven runs from the first two deliveries, before Seifert was made to look like a fool by Jordan, when he attempted to scoop a wide yorker over the keeper. 

England's Chris Jordan reacts after hitting a four from the final delivery and forcing a Super Over in Auckland.
England's Chris Jordan reacts after hitting a four from the final delivery and forcing a Super Over in Auckland.

Seifert was dismissed the next ball. Guptill, who smashed 50 off 20 in New Zealand's innings, only faced one ball when it mattered most as the Black Caps mustered just eight runs. 

Southee's Super Over included two deliveries in the slot, one each to Bairstow and Morgan who tonked both long into the Eden Park stands.

"I guess there was three options. Myself, Trent and Mitch Santner, but we just decided to go with me and it was probably a few too many for the guys to chase down," Southee said.

Martin Guptill faced just one delivery in the Super Over against England in Auckland on Sunday night.
Martin Guptill faced just one delivery in the Super Over against England in Auckland on Sunday night.

To be fair to Southee, he wouldn't have had to make the call if New Zealand hadn't bowled poorly at the death as England closed in on their 146-5. 

Neesham started the final over superbly, taking a wicket and conceding just three runs from his first three deliveries, leaving England needing 13 from the final three balls.

However, after nicking out Tom Curran, Neesham fired down a wide full-toss to Jordan, who smacked it over wide long-off. 

Neesham was perhaps fortunate his final delivery - another full toss - was only carted to the fine leg boundary, not over it. 

Boult, bowling the ninth over, botched a runout chance when he failed to handle the throw from deep, which also cost the Black Caps a crucial run. 

Indeed, it was spooky how similar some of moments in the match were to those during the World Cup final, which England won on a boundary countback in July. 

England celebrate bowler Chris Jordan's Super Over dismissal of Black Caps batsman Tim Seifert on Sunday.
England celebrate bowler Chris Jordan's Super Over dismissal of Black Caps batsman Tim Seifert on Sunday.

"Hopefully third time lucky if there's every another one [Super Over]," Southee said.

"I guess it was a bit of a bizarre day. We were probably about 15-20 minutes away from no cricket, and then we had plenty of entertainment and another super over. It would have been nice to be on the right side of it but England were too good in the end."

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