Southee: Loss not a soul-searcher

06 March 2018 05:50:43 EST

Pace bowler Tim Southee says as New Zealand still have a chance to win their ODI series against England, it's far from panic stations.

Their four-run defeat in the third game in Wellington left the Black Caps 2-1 down, with two matches to play.

And while senior team member Southee admits the batting collapse suffered in the middle order in the last game was disappointing, he insists there's enough quality in the side to not get worried it would be a long-term trend.

Obviously, the batting effort wasn't anywhere near where we wanted it to be.

Tim Southee

Ahead of the fourth match in Dunedin on Wednesday, the team are looking forward to showing they can cope with the spin bowling that undid them at Westpac Stadium.

Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali claimed four wickets for six runs during a 21-ball span that saw the hosts collapse from 80-1 to 103-6.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson did all he could to almost lead his side to victory, hitting a superb 112 not out.

But with Henry Nicholls having made just one run from three innings and Colin de Grandhomme averaging 14.33 both players are coming under pressure for their spots.

Southee defended the middle order batting and said they'd proved in the past what they were capable of.

"It's not a soul-searching moment. I think guys just need to go back and be a bit more clearer on their roles and what's needed at the time," he added.

"Obviously, the batting effort wasn't anywhere near where we wanted it to be. The guys know they probably didn't achieve what they wanted to in the last game, but they've all had success at this level."

Ross Taylor is expected to slot back in at No 4 after missing the third game of the series with a thigh problem.

Southee said the defeat in Wellington was disappointing but that the players had moved on.

"The beauty of this side is throughout the whole summer and throughout the last number of years we've prepared the same whether we've won or lost. We've looked to do what we do before each game and don't get too caught up with what's already happened. I don't think it's panic stations yet."

New Zealand are 1/1 to win the fourth ODI, with England 4/5.

Tim Southee is 7/2 to be the Black Caps' top bowler.

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