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For India’s 2014 tour,NZ to serve pitches green & spicy

New Zealand have not beaten India in a Test series since their 2-0 win in 2002-03.

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has called on the country’s curators to serve up green pitches when India tour for their two-test series in February.

New Zealand were belted 2-0 on India’s 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.

“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.”

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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 Wellington’s Basin Reserve and Seddon Park in Hamilton.

In the next home series in 2008-09,New Zealand’s curators were slammed for preparing more docile pitches as the hosts lost 1-0.

Good run

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 Park’s drop-in wicket and at the pace-friendly Basin Reserve. “We’ll back our seamers over anyone’s at the moment,to be fair,” he said. “We know they’ve got good seamers who will challenge us,but we back our seamers to put any order under pressure.”

Good carry

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 ground’s 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.