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Kiwis will welcome visitors with aggressive attack: Mike Hesson

Blackcaps coach says New Zealand would unleash new pace sensation Adam Milne on India

Napier: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said the Blackcaps will welcome the Indian batsmen with a barrage of aggressive fast bowling as the five-match ODI series starts here tomorrow with the first ODI.

NZ pacer Adam Milne bowls during the third ODI against WI in Queenstown recently. PIC/AFP.

Hesson said New Zealand would unleash new pace sensation Adam Milne on India, who are short of match practice and are coming from a tough tour of South Africa. The Kiwis enjoy the home advantage as the McLean Park pitch will offer enough pace for its fired-up pace attack. Hesson expected little to change at McLean Park in Napier when the two sides face-off for the first ODI.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson

“Quick, bouncy, a good wicket, a high scoring game, that’s the pattern we get there and it’s been pretty consistent,” Hesson was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

Though the New Zealand pacers conceded 363-4 in the fifth ODI against the West Indies in Hamilton, Hesson feels against India his pacemen will step-up the accelerator.

“If you just try and deny there comes a time in the game with only four fielders out where it’s extremely hard to defend. If you’re able to keep taking wickets at the top you can control those middle overs. That’s a pattern that’s worked well for us and one we’d certainly look to continue,” Hesson said.

“It’s aggression in terms of where you bowl the ball, the pace you bowl and the areas you bowl. You’re not just running up and putting it there and hoping good things will happen, you’re actually trying to make things happen. “We’ve got a few guys who do that naturally so we’ll certainly be encouraging that,” he said.

How India performed at McLean Park, Napier
. 25 MARCH 1994: New Zealand 240-5 (S Fleming 90, S Thomson 83; J Srinath 2-59) beat India 212-9 (A Jadeja 59; D Morrison 3-35) by 28 runs

. 16 FEBRUARY 1995: India 160-10 (Navjot Singh Sindhu 73; D Morrison 3-22) lost to New Zealand 162-6 (S Fleming 59; M Prabhakar 1-28) by 4 wickets

. 12 JANUARY 1999: New Zealand 213-10 (M Horne 61; S Tendulkar 3-34) lost to India 214-8 (S Ganguly 38, R Dravid 38; D Nash 2-43) by 2 wickets

. 29 DECEMBER 2002: New Zealand 254-9 (M Sinclair 78, N Astle 76; J Srinath 3-34) beat India 219-10 (V Sehwag 108; K Mills 3-45) by 35 runs

. 3 MARCH 2009: India 273-4 (MS Dhoni 84*, Virender Sehwag 77; I Butler 1-42) beat New Zealand 162-9 (M Guptill 64; H Singh 3-27) by 53 runs (D/L method)

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