Southampton, May 21 (PTI): Senior New Zealand pacer Tim Southee believes that the upcoming two-Test series against England would serve as “great preparation” for his team as it gears up for the marquee World Test Championship final against India here. New Zealand are playing two Tests against England at the Lord’s (Jun 2-6) and Birmingham (Jun 10-14). The WTC final final is scheduled from June 18. Asked if the focus will be on the WTC final, Southee said: “Anytime you get to play a Test match for New Zealand, it’s an amazing opportunity and I don’t think you treat them as warm-ups. Our focus is first and foremost on the two match series against England.” But the 32-year-old with 302 Test wickets didn’t deny that it was indeed a great opportunity to gear up for the big battle against India.
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