New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has called on the countrys curators to serve up green pitches when India tour for their two-test series in February.
New Zealand were belted 2-0 on Indias dry wickets last year and Hesson said it was only fair to prepare bouncy tracks for the Auckland and Wellington Tests which might trouble the visitors batsmen and blunt their spinners.
I think everyone is aware of the type of surfaces we like, Hesson said in comments published by New Zealand media on Tuesday.
Weve been in India before and theyve changed the pitch the day before a game because it wasnt as dry as theyd like. We certainly dont get any favours when we travel overseas,so Id be disappointed if we provide any at home.
New Zealand have not beaten India in a Test series since their 2-0 win in 2002-03,when the visitors star-studded batting lineup,which included Sachin Tendulkar,Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman,crumbled on two fast,green pitches presented at Wellingtons Basin Reserve and Seddon Park in Hamilton.
In the next home series in 2008-09,New Zealands curators were slammed for preparing more docile pitches as the hosts lost 1-0.
New Zealand thrashed West Indies 2-0 in their recent three-test series,with their seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee taking most of the wickets,and Hesson backed the pair to prosper against India on Eden Parks drop-in wicket and at the pace-friendly Basin Reserve. Well back our seamers over anyones at the moment,to be fair, he said. We know theyve got good seamers who will challenge us,but we back our seamers to put any order under pressure.
The first Test begins on February 6 at Eden Park,a surface known to offer good carry but is not an out and out green track,but Hesson said he was hopeful that the grounds new curator,Blair Christiansen,would be able to provide a fast top.
They are a pretty skillful group out there at Eden Park. They know exactly what needs to be done, said coach Hesson. The second starting in Wellington on February 14.