A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: New Zealand still have a long way to go in Test cricket, says Mike Hesson

Hesson is still infuriated with New Zealand’s dismal performance against South Africa

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has announced that the national side still have a long way to go before they can consider themselves to be one of the powerhouses of Test cricket.

Hesson’s comments come after New Zealand were thoroughly embarrassed in their recently concluded two-Test series against South Africa, where they were dismissed for 45, their third-lowest Test score in history, during the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town.

Despite having turned their fortunes around with a 2-1 victory over the Proteas in their ODI series that followed, Hesson was still fuming over the 2-0 loss in the Test series.

”In Test cricket, we’ve still got a long way to go,” Hesson said. “We’re a long way off the pace in Test cricket, we have to acknowledge that, and we know we have a lot of work to do.”

Hesson was also quick to admit that his side has been completely “outplayed” by the South Africans, but did point out that all-rounders James Franklin and Grant Elliott, along with emerging left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan, played an instrumental role in steering New Zealand to victory throughout the ODI series.

“We had a few new faces and a few older ones that came back and they were really keen to make an impact and they did,” Hesson said. “When they came back, they lifted the whole vibe. We were a bit down after the Test series, there was no doubt about that. We were clearly outplayed.

“But the work we put in between then and the end of the tour, mentally as much as anything, was pleasing. We attacked that first game with real aggression and I think we stuck at that throughout the whole series.”

New Zealand are currently taking on England on home soil and Hesson believes the national team could be given a huge morale boost if they were able to topple England in the upcoming three-Test series, which gets underway on March 6 in Dunedin.

“We want to improve with every series,” Hesson added. “[However] We’re not world beaters yet.”

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