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New Zealand promise more short-pitched stuff for India in Test series

Wellington: A fired up New Zealand on Saturday turned their sights towards the upcoming two Tests against India, bursting with confidence after exceeding expectations by dominating the one-day series.

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson

The first Test starts in Auckland next Thursday, with New Zealand already plotting to continue the barrage of short-pitched deliveries which the Indian batsmen struggled to contend with in the ODIs.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said the tactic would be used in the upcoming Test series. "Yes, if conditions allow, then absolutely, we will deploy it. It is the ability to push guys back and then bowl their natural length, the ability to do that and obviously presenting the seam so that we can find the outside edge.

That is the sort of formula that we have had for a while," he said. "Even in our wildest dreams we didn't think we could win 4-0 against such a quality side," the coach added.

Two-day practice match
India will take on New Zealand XI in a two-day practice match at Whangarei today ahead of two-match Test series. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hailed his side's ruthless streak with short-pitched bowling, built on the blueprint of bowling coach Shane Bond, and warned India there would be no let up in the Tests.

"It's something that's Shane's pretty hot on," McCullum said. "He's keen to see our guys hostile and aggressive with ball in hand and it's certainly a tactic we'll look to employ in the Test series"

But India's repeated failures trying to handle the sort-pitched delivery did not mean they would abandon the hook shot, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who wants his batsmen to take a positive approach into the Tests.

"At times they (New Zealand) bowled really well but at the same time we have to back ourselves to play the shots, the kind of cricket, that we're known for," he said.

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