The newly appointed Test captain Tim Southee achieved the milestone of 350 wickets in the longer format during the second day of the first Test match played at National Stadium, Karachi on 27 December.
Southee was named the Test captain after Kane Williamson stepped down from captaincy. Southee began the second day on a bright note as he dismissed Pakistan captain Babar Azam on his overnight score of 161. Salman Ali Agha played a superb knock scoring his maiden Test century. Southee eventually got the milestone by dismissing Agha for 103 to bowl out Pakistan for 438. It was a decent bowling effort to end with figures of 3 for 69.
Southee took the wicket of Saud Shakeel on the first day. He has been the backbone of New Zealand bowling in all formats for a long time. He made his Test debut for the Kiwis on June 15, 2008, against England.
His performance stood out for New Zealand along with Trent Boult creating havoc among the opponent batters. Southee played a total of 89 Test matches ( 167 innings) with 350 wickets. He has picked 15 five-wicket hauls and five times 10-wicket hauls.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 27, 2022
Pakistan posted 438 runs in their first innings. In reply, New Zealand ended Day 2 on a strong note as Tom Latham and Devon Conway looked impressive putting on 165 runs for the opening wicket. New Zealand will be looking to post a big total and put pressure.
Tim Southee has been an ardent servant of New Zealand cricket
Southee has been a tremendous performer for New Zealand, especially in home conditions. He can trouble the batters with swing and seam. The pitch at National Stadium, Karachi had something initially but became good for batting.
The other New Zealand bowlers to pick 350 wickets include Richard Hadlee with 431 wickets and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori 362 wickets.