A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Our focus on winning the 2015 ICC World Cup is not affecting our Test form at all, says Mike Hesson

Hesson made it clear that Test cricket is still everyone’s top priority

Just weeks after suffering a 2-0 whitewashing at the hands of South Africa, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has insisted that his team’s focus on winning the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup has not affected their Test form at all.

While many cricket pundits and former players may disagree with Hesson’s view, the New Zealand coach continued to stress that Test cricket is still held in high regard amongst his team.

Hesson also noted that while the 2015 World Cup is set to be hosted by New Zealand and Australia, the national team will never use their desire to win on home soil as an excuse for their poor performance in the longer format of the game.

The New Zealand coach stated that he was extremely embarrassed at how easily the South Africans were able to pick his team apart and vowed to improve their performance and ranking by the time the World Cup came around.

In an attempt to calm the uproar that has been created by New Zealand fans, who are tired of watching their team get absolutely humiliated and battered in Test match after Test match, Hesson explained that the national team would only focus on the World Cup during ODI and Twenty20 games from now on and added that the longer format still remains the top priority for all the players and support staff.

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