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Southee lauds NZ effort despite India loss

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/10/2016 Angelo Risso
Tim Southee of New Zealand celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Root of England during the 3rd Day of the 1st Investec Test Match between England and New Zealand at Lord'd Cricket Ground in London, United Kingdom. © Getty Images Tim Southee of New Zealand celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Root of England during the 3rd Day of the 1st Investec Test Match between England and New Zealand at Lord'd Cricket Ground in London, United Kingdom.

The Blacks Caps might have been thumped in all three Tests on the subcontinent against Indian but returning bowler Tim Southee says the effort was there.

Southee, 27, ruled out of the three-Test series with an ankle complaint, has arrived in India for the ODI series.

Black Caps players will be hoping the change of format and return of Southee, Corey Anderson and Anton Devcich provide a much-needed boost.

The side lost by 197, 178 and 321 runs in their three Tests respectively as the Indians cruised to a whitewash.

Southee said there was no reason why the one-day series couldn't be a tightly contested affair, starting on Sunday in Dharamsala.

"The efforts the guys put in, they continued to run in, every day, every spell, on wickets that weren't giving them a hell of a lot," Southee said.

"It's not an easy place to come but the belief is there."

Southee said his teammates were a little down after their crushing third Test loss but would bounce back quickly.

He also expected his ankle to hold up well after some much-needed rest and rehabilitation work.

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