The New Zealand 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup was announced last week. Kane Williamson & Co. will be starting its World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on June 1 in Cardiff. Wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert was scheduled to be named in final squad, but he failed to make the cut due to a finger injury. In his place, uncapped wicket-keeper batsman, Tom Blundell has earned a dream call-up to the World Cup squad.
Blundell is one of my best mates
During a recent interview, Seifert mentioned that the final thing is that he failed to make the cut in the Kiwi World Cup squad. He revealed that he is very much gutted for the same reason. He also noted that his competitor, Blundell, is his best mate in the side.
"At the end of the day I didn't make the World Cup so you're always going to be gutted. Tom Blundell is one of my best mates and even though we're fighting for the same position, if there's a conversation around the wicketkeeper there's always probably going to be me and him involved. Getting the nod for those Sri Lankan [ODI] games, in the back of the mind I thought I had a little step ahead of him,” quoted Tim Seifert.
I have worked hard to come up to that level
Seifert stated that he has worked really hard to come up to this level. He mentioned that everyone in the current New Zealand team is learning one or the other thing. The wicket-keeper batsman revealed that there is still a lot of cricket coming up in the future. "Everyone has got something to work on. Even [captain] Kane [Williamson] is still working on his batting. It's not like a shipwreck. I personally don't think I'm far away from [Tom] Blundell with my keeping work. I've definitely used this selection as fire in the belly and will work hard so I can be up to that level. It's gutting, but at the end of the day it is what it is. There's still a lot more cricket to come," he added.