Cricket: Blackcaps boast world's best test pace attack, says coach Shane Jurgensen

The world champion Blackcaps are back home, and time in isolation is providing ample opportunity to reflect on their achievements and the legacy they want to leave.

Top of the list is being recognised as a desirable test opponent and bringing an end to the two-test series that have become the norm in recent years.

"Being able to perform at this level for a number of years and a consistent side... hopefully we have that right to play more test cricket," says bowler Tim Southee.

That will be determined when the ICC announces it's future tours programme past 2023.

And with the number of tests in a series decided on a case by case basis, the Blackcaps' win over India instantly makes them a more attractive opponent.

"It's obviously a lot more taxing," Southee admits. "It's a tougher battle to get yourself up and go again over three matches but that's the beauty of it."

The Blackcaps have proved they have the depth to cope, with bowling coach Shane Jurgensen going as far as to say New Zealand now boasts the best test pace attack in the world.

"I think they are [the best]," says Jurgensen. "I think we can probably strongly say that now.

"This hasn't been a fluke."

Their next chance to prove that is against India in November in a two-test series, of course, somewhat ironic, after India captain Virat Kohli called for their meeting in the World Test Championship final to be played over three tests.

"It'll be a great start to our next cycle of the World Test Championship and a great test for us as a side over there," says Southee.

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