Short-ball barrage will continue, says Mike Hesson

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“That is the sort of formula that we have had for a while”

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has announced that the national team will continue to barrage India with short-pitched deliveries during the upcoming Test series after it proved to be a highly effective tactic during the recently concluded ODI series.

“Yeah, [if] conditions allow, absolutely,” Hesson said. “It is the ability to push guys back and then bowl their natural length [to set the batsman up], 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. I think we showed that at the Basin Reserve the last time we played, and the way we forced West Indies back and took them out, that is something we will look to continue.”

Prior to the start of the series, Hesson noted that he would like to see green, seaming pitches, but he admitted that it may not necessarily work in New Zealand’s favour.

“I don’t think Eden Park ever looks green to be fair,” Hesson said. “The drop-ins don’t look green, sometimes they do more than I think. I talk with New Zealand Cricket. I don’t ring groundsmen and give orders. That is not the way we operate. NZC are very clear about the type of surface we would like but with that comes risk as well as we know how good the Indian seamers are.”

Hesson added that New Zealand now have a solid understanding about India’s pace attack and will plan on ensuring they don’t have much of an impact during the Test series.

“We had a good look at the Indian seam attack,” he said. “Clearly the conditions will be a little different, especially in the first innings of the game.

“The Indian seamers are good bowlers, especially if there is a little bit in the wicket. We have got to prepare accordingly, obviously quick change in format so we need to make that shift. Our openers are coming in off some form domestically, so hopefully they can set the tone for us.”

The 39-year-old also stated that New Zealand will head into the Test series with the mindset that they can beat India, especially after they won the ODI series 4-0.

“There will definitely be some confidence within the group that we can compete with these guys and they are a good side,” Hesson said. “But we know it is a different format. A few new faces but we will certainly take some confidence into the series.”

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