Kiwi coach Mike Hesson looking to scale new heights

The Black Caps have certainly been disarrayed in their last couple of tours to India. The batsmen have perpetually failed to perform on the turning tracks.

According to coach Mike Hesson, they have got a great side this year, which has the ability to defy the odds. He believes that a good opener can be quite useful in extracting decent amount of runs against the spin, as the seamers would hardly have any margin, provided with a turning wicket.

“It’s not your traditional New Zealand opener that you require over there, you need guys who can score against spin, find ways to rotate the strike and keep the game moving,” he said.

He added, "Seamers if anything might bowl two-three overs up front and it’s more likely they’re going to have spin at one end to start with if they’re going to play three of them. If you’ve got two left-handers against Ashwin at the top, it’s going to be a big challenge for us. We have to assess the conditions and pick what we think is the right mix.”

Talking about the New Zealand spin attack, he said, "They’re a young spin-bowling group, evolving nicely and it’s about giving them the right opportunity. I’ve been really pleased with the way Mark Craig has come back from last season."

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