This gifted bowler is in actual fact a very talented all
round sportsman. He played rugby through his secondary school career in the
blind side flanker position. He played for Kings College first 15 as well as
the Auckland Secondary School and Northern Region teams.
However cricket held a special place in his heart and he
decided to give up rugby to chase his dream of becoming a BLACKCAP.
He started in the game at a very early age and says his
earliest cricketing memory is getting up early on a Saturday morning playing
kiwi cricket with a yellow bat and yellow stumps. From early starts to the
biggest start of his career, Southee debuted against England in the ODI and
Test series in June 2008. He marked his
Test debut with bowling figures of five for 55 and then lashed 77 off 40 with
the bat in an innings that included nine sixes.
He is a right-arm swing bowler that at a brisk pace makes
him an extremely good attacking bowler for Tests, however his 2011 World Cup
performance of 18 wickets proves just how effective he can be in the shorter
formats as well.
When he’s not bowling over the opposition he likes to get
down on his sheep and beef farm and work the land. He also enjoys relaxing at
the beach and spending time with his family.
This rising star - who describes himself as laid back,
energetic and kind – is someone to keep your eye on. Even though he is young,
he’s got the drive and spirit to keep him in the BLACKCAPS for many seasons to