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Southee sees himself as just a temporary skipper

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Simon Barlow

Tim Southee has downplayed talk of sharing the captaincy as he prepares to lead the Black Caps against West Indies in the first T20.

The 29-year-old, who was rested along with usual skipper Kane Williamson for the final two matches of the ODI series, returns to lead New Zealand in their opening Twenty20 at Nelson's Saxton Oval on Friday.

Southee says there is no reason why Williamson, who will sit out Friday's match before returning for the final two T20s in Tauranga, should relinquish his captaincy in the shortest format of the game.

He said: "I think Kane is doing a great job in all three formats at the moment. He's obviously still relatively young in his captaincy career and he keeps going from strength to strength, so at the moment it's just fill-in roles."

Tom Latham was handed the captaincy for the final two matches of the recent 50-over series which saw New Zealand run out comfortable winners.

And Southee does not think the Black Caps need to follow the example of Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies in sharing the captaincy duties across formats in recent years.

He added: "Tom obviously did a great job in the one-day series and I get a go in this game before Kane slips back in for the rest of the series.

"It's an honour firstly to represent your country and then obviously the chance to captain them in this game is something I'll look forward to it. It's something exciting and something different."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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