The first Test match between England and New Zealand at Auckland has been a stop-start affair so far. Rain washed out all but 17 balls of play on the third day, with New Zealand moving their score on to 233 for four and increasing their lead over the visitors to 175 with two days remaining in the day-night Test.
A little over 90 minutes of play was possible on the second day and it has been more than two days since Southee has had any meaningful role to play in the game after he and new-ball partner Trent Boult dismissed England for 58.
However, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee is trying to keep himself up with the game and is seeking ways to keep himself fresh for the Test match.
"The position we're in now is a good one," Southee, who returned figures of 4-25, told reporters in Auckland.
"The rain has been frustrating but the work we put in on day one has made that frustration a little bit easier to swallow."
Southee and Boult (6-32) bowled all 20.4 overs of England's innings between them and the right-armer jokingly said that while he had played second fiddle to his colleague, he was happy as long as they were taking wickets.
"You're obviously wanting to take wickets, but when you're in that huddle and the guys are getting around you for the job you're doing at your end, you still feel like you're still contributing to him taking the wickets," Southee said.
"It's a great partnership and we've bowled reasonably well together for a while now, so it's nice to see Trent do well and feel like you're contributing at the other end, helping to build some pressure."
Southee asserted on the fact that they need to come back hard after the loss of time in the Test match. "I think the pink ball historically has been a nice ball to bowl with first up, but you've still got to put it in the right areas and try to get as much as movement as you can," Southee said.
"We had the first use of the wicket and we probably got our lengths right, but we've seen throughout, when England have bowled, there have always been challenging times, and our batters have done a pretty good job so far.
"Being caged up for a couple of days, it's important when we do go out and bowl that we hit our areas from the start."
The second match of the two-Test series starts in Christchurch on March 30.