Kiwi middle-order batsman Ross Taylor has said that he hopes that the pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad, will be more conducive for the bowlers than the wicket at Motera. Taylor added that he hopes the conditions will help his side build on their robust performance in the first test.
"We are happy with the way we played but we know that is in the past," Taylor said ahead of the second Test that begins on Friday. "We can take a lot of confidence from the way we batted and bowled. It was a very flat wicket. We are expecting different pitch conditions here, it will probably have a little bit more bounce and probably turn a little bit more."
Spinners from both sides toiled in the sun on Motera's ultra-slow wicket. In the second innings, Chris Martin rattled the top of the Indian order but was not able to finish off the line-up, and allowed Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman to save the match on the final day. Taylor hoped Martin would continue his good form, but also looked forward to some spinner-friendly conditions.
"Obviously spin will play a big part," Taylor said. "It didn't turn a lot in Ahmedabad and hopefully, the wicket will have a bit more bounce too. We are all excited but we don't want to get carried away with the way we played. Hopefully, Chris can show the form he showed in Ahmedabad again here in Hyderabad."
New Zealand's largest concern going into the second Test will be the lack of stability at the top of the order. Brendon McCullum performed well his new opening position, but his partner, Tim McIntosh, got a pair.
"There will be a selection meeting around it but McIntosh knows where he went wrong and obviously it is not easy getting a pair on what was quite a flat wicket," Taylor said. "He has done well for us in the past. He has often got a low score and then come back and got a big score."
New Zealand came into the series in India after a right debacle in Bangladesh where they went down 0-4 to the hosts in the one-day series. But Taylor thinks that loss has spurred his team into performing at their best and by the look of it thus far, they certainly have.