New Zealand coach Hesson calls for green pitches for India series

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Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:04 [IST]
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NZ coach wants fast pitches for India

Wellington, Dec 24: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has called for no favours to be given to India when they arrive for a two-Test series in February and he wants the hosts to roll out green pitches.

India will play New Zealand in two Tests in early February next year. The first Test is in Auckland (Eden Park) from February 6 while the second in Wellington (Basin Reserve) from February 14.

Hesson's comments were published in "New Zealand Herald" newspaper on Tuesday where he said India had pitches changed day before a game to suit them when they visited.

"I think everyone's aware of the type of surfaces we like. We've been in India before and they've changed the pitch the day before a game because it wasn't as dry as they'd like. We certainly don't get any favours when we travel overseas, so I'd be disappointed if we provide any at home," Hesson was quoted as saying in the newspaper.

In the recently concluded Test series against West Indies, the home pacemen Tim Southee and Trent Boult shared 38 of the 60 wickets in the three-match series which resulted in 2-0 for the hosts.

"We'll back our seamers over anyone's at the moment, to be fair. We know they've got good seamers who will challenge us, but we back our seamers to put any order under pressure," Hesson added.

India begin New Zealand tour on January 19 with the first of the five One Day Internationals in Napier.


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