Has Tim Southee "arrived"?
Just something to balance out the doom and gloom
In the past 5 months Tim Southee has struck a wonderful vein of form. Since coming back into the side against the West Indies, Southee has taken 23 wickets in tests at 17.30 and 15 wickets in ODI's at 20.80. In hot and tiring conditions, he has been quick (often averaging around the 140 kph mark), accurate and has generated significant swing utilised with admirable control. He's even showed signs of developing an inswinger to complement his usual outswing style.
While he has largely been a disappointment to cricket fans over the past 4 and a half years, it is important to remember that Southee is still only 23, the kind of age at which most young quicks would only first be considered for international honours. His test average remains mediocre at 35, but this has fallen by nearly 10 runs since he was dropped from the side for poor form back in March.
So what do you think. Is Southee's current run a purple patch, that will fade away and see him return to being an occasionally devastating but usually ineffective trundler? Are his recent performances a sign that Southee is one of those unusual pace-bowlers that thrive in the sub-continent, but struggle in what most would think would be more supportive conditions? Or has he discovered the right mix to genuinely trouble even the best batsmen on all surfaces, and if so what could he be capable of in the coming years?