Hamilton: New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, a former skipper, expects India to come hard at them in the second ODI that will be played here today.

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor

Taylor said World No 1 India, who suffered a 24-run defeat in the first ODI in Napier, will come out bigger and stronger.

“They’ll be better for the hit-out and I’m sure them being the No 1 one-day team in the world, they’ll come back bigger and stronger, Taylor was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz

Taylor feels India will now be better prepared and sharper than ever before. The Indians had no warm-up game in New Zealand ahead of the series.

Conditions at the Seddon Park here would suit the Indians the most. The track here is slower than the one they encountered at the McLean Park and Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will have some role.

“The wicket in Napier is probably one of the fastest wickets that we have in New Zealand. It was probably a little bit slower than what it normally is, it was probably prepared a couple of days earlier for whatever reason.

But this wicket here is a little bit slower and there probably is going to be one boundary that is going to be a little bit bigger than the other, so we need to be smart in the way we do approach that,” he said.

Taylor, who struck 55 off 82 balls that had just one four in the last match, defended his slow knock saying his role is to set the platform. “I think my role is to bat in that middle order and set the platform for the guys coming through,” he said.