New Zealand to attack Indian spinners

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Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 16:59 [IST]
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New Zealand to attack Indian spinners

Bangalore, Aug 30: Brave and courageous. These are the two words which New Zealand captain Ross Taylor stressed upon as he and his team prepared to battle Indian spinners in the second Test starting from Friday.

Ahead of the Test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Taylor said they would try and attack the spin duo of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.

"It's never easy when you lose a Test by over an innings. We need to forget about it as quickly as possible, talk amongst the group and find ways of playing Ashwin and Ojha.

"As I said in the last press conference, we have to be brave and courageous and attack them and hopefully put pressure back on them. And when we attack them, there hopefully won't be many men around the bat," said Taylor on Wednesday.

Ashwin and Ojha shared 18 wickets between them in the Hyderabad Test. Ashwin returned with his best Test match figures of 12/85.

Despite a heavy defeat and trailing 0-1 in the two-match series, Taylor ruled out changes for Bangalore.

"No. We gave them faith in the first game and we are going to give them a go in the next game as well. We didn't play as well as we would have liked, but this is another opportunity to show how good we are as a team," the skipper said when asked about changes for this Test.

When asked about whether the presence of veteran spinner Daniel Vettori would have made any difference, the right-hander said: "I thought Jeetan Patel bowled well. Had (Daniel) Vettori played, Jeetan probably would not have played. Having Dan (Vettori) around has been good with all his experience, him being a former captain has been good for me, for bouncing ideas. But Daniel can't be around forever, and having another spinner in Jeetan Patel, who is learning the trade at 31 has been very good as well."


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