New Zealand pacer Tim Southee tells that the players of New Zealand still don’t forget the ICC World Cup 2019 heartbreak and they still talk about it. He also tells that the players are proud of the way they represented their motherland. This is the Black Caps second consecutive loss in World Cup semi-final.

New Zealand bowler Tim Southee tells Kiwi players still discuss World Cup heartbreak

It’s really very painful to digest to lose in World Cup final for two consecutive times. New Zealand lost their first World Cup final against Australia in 2015 World Cup in Melbourne Cricket Ground. They lost their latest final vs England in Lord’s, London by an idiotic system of ICC in super-over.

Tim Southee and his teammates still can’t get over the two consecutive heartbreaks.

There are still so many conversations on what happened in England. We still can’t forget that. The incident is still on our mind.

This was such an awkward scenario as New Zealand lost to super-over match in one of the most epic ODI encounters of cricket history. This was perhaps the best-ever World Cup final cricket world ever seen at Lord’s on July 14.

New Zealand endured second consecutive world cup final defeat
New Zealand endured second consecutive world cup final defeat

Southee expressed that they are still so sad about it and blame their bad-luck not to favor them in the second time. He also said they are really proud to represent their team in the international stage.

It’s true that there are still frustrations, emptiness, and emotions that come to our mind. If I say that we’re not frustrated then we’re wrong. It’s natural. But, when we dig down deeper, then we feel really very proud of the way we represented our nation.

New Zealand will play a three-day warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President XI from August 8 before taking on Sri Lanka in the first Test from August 14 in Colombo.

Southee thinks that the success in Sri Lanka will depend on how much they adapt in Lankan conditions. The two-match Test series will mark the beginning of World Test Championship for both teams. Southee believes this action will help to increase the popularity of Test cricket.