India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hyderabad November 10, 2010

Ross Taylor hopes for bowler-friendly conditions

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has said that his side is hoping for bowler-friendly conditions in Hyderabad to build on their strong performance in the Motera 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 struggled to make an impact on the slow Motera track. In the second innings, seamer Chris Martin master-minded New Zealand's surge after their batsmen got to within 28 runs of India's first-innings score of 487. Martin finished with five wickets but could not prevent VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh from saving the match on the final day. Taylor hoped Martin would carry his form into the Hyderabad Test, but also looked forward to more spinner-friendly conditions.

"Obvioulsy 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 biggest worry going into the second Test will be the lack of stability at the top. Brendon McCullum did well in his new opening position, but his partner, Tim McIntosh, bagged a pair. Taylor defended McIntosh, but agreed that it was a major area of concern for the team management.

"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. We will see if he does play but if he does, hopefully he can show the form that he has shown in the past."

New Zealand came into the series without too many backers following the 4-0 ODI drubbing against Bangladesh. Taylor said that the criticism following the Bangladesh debacle spurred his team to compete against the top-ranked Indian Test side.

"We were a little bit down after losing the one-day series in Bangladesh 4-0. We got slammed, justifiably so. We were not quite abused but we really copped a lot of criticism. A lot of our players used that as motivation. And the rest were fresh from a successful tour of Zimbabwe. I think the game of cricket goes in roundabouts."

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  • on November 12, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Even though the CricInfo admin deleted my post (I'll admit, it was a ridiculous post) - but some of it is coming true!!

    Go McIntosh!! I must be dreaming eh Kamal :)

  • thatsgold on November 11, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    NZ team is: McCullum, Mcintosh, Guptill, Taylor, Ryder, Williamson, Vettori, Hopkins, Southee, Arnel, Martin.

  • thatsgold on November 11, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Who does Dhoni think he is telling the umpires to improve their standard...you don't see umpires telling batsmen to improve their batting skills. Umpires are human, they make mistakes just like batsmen. If you don't like it king Dhoni, you know what to do...

  • Gocool87 on November 11, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    @Ed Fuller: he..he.. he..

  • on November 11, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    @Ed Fuller .. Hey dont worry.. wat ever u said wil happen in ur dream... :)

  • aussiescantlosenoway on November 11, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Just spoke to Dhoni on phone... India will be bowled out under 100 in first innings.

  • sambhavg on November 11, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    INDIA WILL BEAT NZ EASILY IF ZAK CAN COME TO PARTY WITH HIS REVERSE SWINGING BALLS AND PROVIDED BATSMEN PERFORM WELL WHILE HYDERABAD HAS BEEN LUCKY FOR SACHIN AND PLUS HE IS IN A GREAT FORM

  • on November 11, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    It is too early to say whether New Zealand are a motivated lot.The test at Ahmedabad had one dramatic session-we cannot pull out estimations and gauges about Ind or NZ based on that alone.This test,hopefully,will clear the dust.As an Indian fan, hope to see India steamroll the Kiwis, and Sachin and Sehwag providing scintillating shots in a big partnership!

  • Dimescream on November 11, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    @Saumanka Dutta: It is more easier to sit back and appreciate the Indian team's evolution. The very fact that India is no. 1 speaks volumes about how far we have come in International Test Cicket, irrespective of where we have played (home and away). Stats are of no use, and exists because people have an urge to record history and predict. New Zealand have done so well to bounce back after a debacle at Bangladesh. They (NZ) really tested the Indian nerve to the wire. Similarly, India do have the potential to shun all the "critics" who feel that India don't deserve the no. 1 spot. I'm pretty sure that the Test rankings mean nothing much to the Indian team and that they're aware of the big task ahead of them. India do stand a very good chance at beating all the teams you mentioned in "their own backyards."

  • delta20 on November 11, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Those who have commented here should compare the teams after the world cup when Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman retire........... NZ would be a much stronger and much consistent team by then and ICC should schedule India's tour of NZ then every cricket lover will see the results....... NZ are weak now doesn't mean that they are bad team... They are a very young team on the road to rebuilding after the retirement of Chris cairns, Shane bond, Stephen fleming and Nathan astle....... The bangla tour happened because they took Bdesh very very lightly and nothing else...... To be honest I don't even see a young Indian batsman who are as talented asRoss taylor, Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder and Kane williamson and bowlers as promising as Tim southee... The only problem is the inefficiency of their selectors and board who cannon keep their faith on the players and give them an extended run... All blinded indian fans just wait and see how India will do after the three giants of the game retire........

  • on November 12, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Even though the CricInfo admin deleted my post (I'll admit, it was a ridiculous post) - but some of it is coming true!!

    Go McIntosh!! I must be dreaming eh Kamal :)

  • thatsgold on November 11, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    NZ team is: McCullum, Mcintosh, Guptill, Taylor, Ryder, Williamson, Vettori, Hopkins, Southee, Arnel, Martin.

  • thatsgold on November 11, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Who does Dhoni think he is telling the umpires to improve their standard...you don't see umpires telling batsmen to improve their batting skills. Umpires are human, they make mistakes just like batsmen. If you don't like it king Dhoni, you know what to do...

  • Gocool87 on November 11, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    @Ed Fuller: he..he.. he..

  • on November 11, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    @Ed Fuller .. Hey dont worry.. wat ever u said wil happen in ur dream... :)

  • aussiescantlosenoway on November 11, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Just spoke to Dhoni on phone... India will be bowled out under 100 in first innings.

  • sambhavg on November 11, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    INDIA WILL BEAT NZ EASILY IF ZAK CAN COME TO PARTY WITH HIS REVERSE SWINGING BALLS AND PROVIDED BATSMEN PERFORM WELL WHILE HYDERABAD HAS BEEN LUCKY FOR SACHIN AND PLUS HE IS IN A GREAT FORM

  • on November 11, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    It is too early to say whether New Zealand are a motivated lot.The test at Ahmedabad had one dramatic session-we cannot pull out estimations and gauges about Ind or NZ based on that alone.This test,hopefully,will clear the dust.As an Indian fan, hope to see India steamroll the Kiwis, and Sachin and Sehwag providing scintillating shots in a big partnership!

  • Dimescream on November 11, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    @Saumanka Dutta: It is more easier to sit back and appreciate the Indian team's evolution. The very fact that India is no. 1 speaks volumes about how far we have come in International Test Cicket, irrespective of where we have played (home and away). Stats are of no use, and exists because people have an urge to record history and predict. New Zealand have done so well to bounce back after a debacle at Bangladesh. They (NZ) really tested the Indian nerve to the wire. Similarly, India do have the potential to shun all the "critics" who feel that India don't deserve the no. 1 spot. I'm pretty sure that the Test rankings mean nothing much to the Indian team and that they're aware of the big task ahead of them. India do stand a very good chance at beating all the teams you mentioned in "their own backyards."

  • delta20 on November 11, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Those who have commented here should compare the teams after the world cup when Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman retire........... NZ would be a much stronger and much consistent team by then and ICC should schedule India's tour of NZ then every cricket lover will see the results....... NZ are weak now doesn't mean that they are bad team... They are a very young team on the road to rebuilding after the retirement of Chris cairns, Shane bond, Stephen fleming and Nathan astle....... The bangla tour happened because they took Bdesh very very lightly and nothing else...... To be honest I don't even see a young Indian batsman who are as talented asRoss taylor, Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder and Kane williamson and bowlers as promising as Tim southee... The only problem is the inefficiency of their selectors and board who cannon keep their faith on the players and give them an extended run... All blinded indian fans just wait and see how India will do after the three giants of the game retire........

  • Shadrachr on November 11, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Wait till the result comes..

    Already had a warning in first test and still some ppl here blankly telling NZ wil lose.

    ha ha.. I think there is going to be one big warning in second test.

  • jk.jeetukakwani on November 11, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    i cant understand why bcci is not giving indian public a true test wicket to see a gud brand of test cricket like other countries do. sub continents teams are mainly responsible for murder of test cricket.they keep on making dead wicket like motera.already bcci is so rich den why they are so worried about for test match to lost full five days to give full satisfaction to neo cricket. by doing this they are simply making disinterest in young generation.just give a typical indian turner and see kiwies will dance over it.we old followers of cricket still love test cricket and want to see 300 in 1st inn n 200 in 2nd inn like test match. come on bcci.what will you do of that much money. you are the main culprit of dying of test cricket in the world.

  • timohyj on November 11, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    Saumanka Datta, your comment could not be more incorrect. You obviously did not see india's 2-0 whitewash of Australia. Zaheer is one of the best swing bowlers in the world, and Sreesanth and Ishant are more than capable second pacers. The spin department could be a little weak if Harbhajan does not perform, but Ojha looks like a very bright prospect. Just because India does not have one bowler who will rip through the opposition and take 7 wickets an innings does not mean that they have a spineless 3rd class bowling attack. India has an attack that shares the wickets, meaning that all their bowlers will usually get 2 or 3 wickets per innings. And obviously it worked against Australia

  • praveen.kumar on November 11, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @ Saumanka Datta I pity your kids (if you do have any already or if and when you have them)! You would always want them to achieve more instead of reveling in their achievements. Pessimists like you will never be satisfied. FYI: India has beaten Australia, England Sri Lanka, Pakistan, W Indies on their home grounds. S Africa's turn is coming soon.If limited overs World Cup tournament win is the yardstick you measure the team's ability, then shouldn't you consider India's T20 WC win a couple of years ago??

  • on November 11, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    of course taylor is going to sound confident. the objective all sportsmen have is to win, and you can't go and talk in the media as if you don't believe in yourself or your team. that would be terrible? whether the palyers truly believe they can win or not, you must always put on a brave face and show confidence, because if taylor said the realistic, and could most easily lose the next two, everyone in the team would feel that their on players don't believe a victory possible, and they will follow suit.

  • Fluid36 on November 11, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    The arrogance of the indian fans is matched only by their lack of knowledge of the game and their inability to portray their small minded thoughts in proper english. NZ can compete with India for one reason, the Indian bowling attack is weal with all bowlers averaging more than 30 - hardly world class.

  • mike5181 on November 11, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    yeah i agree maybe this kid Dean Brownlie is worth a shot...his statistics are like Williamson's...and maybe J Raval? He averages 50 as well as an opener...Take into account India's bowling attack is not exactly life threatening...If there were super fast planes around i would fly both of them over and the team would be 1.McCullum 2.Raval 3. Taylor 4. Brownlie 5. Ryder 6.Williamson 7.Vettori 8. Franklin 9. Hopkins....Thats a strong line up bowling is the weakness i think...only really Wagner looks like a prospect but a good one...If Benett can improve he will be decent...On India i want to see Pujara in the team for Raina...i havent seen him play and he sounds like a good player...Ishant in for Sre as well...I just think he can make something happen.....and btw did any of you actually read the article? Taylor not once got overconfident...he knows what happened in Bangladesh...think you guys need some glasses, commenting without even reading the article.

  • on November 11, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    I would drop Watling for Franklin. McIntosh should be on his last chance too, with Guptill and Flynn pushing for his spot.

  • on November 10, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    @Saumanka Dutta, you are spot on, not only is India's bowling cupboard bare, but the much-vaunted batting is brittle with the merest hint of swing and /or pace and bounce creating panic in the ranks. With due respect to Chris Martin, he is hardly among the top exponents of his trade and yet the Indians fell like ninepins. In any event, we will get soundly beaten in South Africa and probably in England too in 2011, and will tumble down the rankings. However, the World Cup is a different matter, that is ODIs not Tests, not that we have a ghost of a chance in the WC.

  • MarkM33 on November 10, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Tim McIntosh does not "score big". He is lucky to be in the team with the revolving door that has been the NZ openers spot. I don't like McCullum opening but I hope he does well there.

    I don't think anyone thought NZ would play as well as they did in the 1st test and I don't expect themto do well in the 2nd but, as Ross Taylor seems to be pointing out, there is "hope". Hope of a good wicket, hope that McIntosh can hit the ball, hope that Tom can bowl as well as he did in the 1st test.

    Kamal Kannan makes some dumb points - Sachin's edge was from an excellent delivery that was on or about off and moved in between bat and pad. A good ball and a poor shot - note - Sachin is not God.

    I don't know how people know what would have happened had certain events not occurred. Had Sehwag not been run out India would have won, had Sharma been playing NZ would have been bowled out for 20, had Martin farted during the delivery stride for the Sachin wicket India would have won. Pure Arrogance.

  • thatsgold on November 10, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    NZ need to pick Dean Brownlie! He is a massive talent, always scoring big runs for canterbury...just scored 153* in the first game of the domestic season.

  • on November 10, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    I love the ridiculous Indian bias on cricinfo comment sections. You speak as if India magically no longer have a bowling attack that would struggle to take wickets at club level. The Indian batting unit is very strong barring Raina and Dhoni (of late at least), but they are not a true number 1 side.

    New Zealand are not as bad as people make out, true the bowling unit is toothless but then India have shown you can get ranked 1 by the ICC withou having a wicket taking bowler. The batting lineup barring McIntosh is the strongest it has been in years.

    NZ need to drop Gareth Hopkins who cannot keep OR bat, and either move BJ Watling down the order to keep or bring in a specialist keeper like Derek de Boorder, drop McIntosh for How (he deserves another international shot after years of sparkling domestic form) and bring back Guptil into the middle order (shift Williamson up to his preferred number 3 position).

  • WAiWiA on November 10, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    @nav84 - It took me three tries to understand your comment. :) Wot is wid ppl usg shrthnd?

  • Gerrystackle on November 10, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong but India usually plays 12 tests per year? Is that right? The test just finished was NZs 4th for 2010. That is shocking. NZ Cricket needs to get NZ playing more tests because what better platform for a national cricket team to develop on. A heavy diet of T20 and 50 overs games is tantamount to eating fast food everyday...no real benefit apart from someone getting richer/fatter.

    NZ will be challanged again in this test and are a definite underdogs (I just stated the obvious didn't I?). As a kiwi supporter I only hope that we display the same amount of "ticker" as we did in the first test. It'll be a tough ask, but as Sir Edmund Hillary said 'what good is a challange if you knew you could do it?'. Should be a good game.

  • seek1 on November 10, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    NZ will lose this match....

  • on November 10, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Teams, welcome to Hyderabad! NZ almost bt India under Graham Dowling in Hyderabad. But this is a new ground. But rains are the same! I hope the match is exciting and okay like Indian movies lets hope India wins at the end of it all! :)

  • thatsgold on November 10, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    wow...cricinfo comments are turning into youtube comments - angry and sidetracked.

  • on November 10, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Except the 2nd session of day 4, India didnt do badly. I think a bad performance in a single session doesent mean that NZ can start taking India lightly. They will receive a sound thrashing in the next 2 matches, and then in the one dayers also.

  • asif_the_spotfixer on November 10, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Its gonna be a very important natch for both d teams and asusual Tattus comment are extaordinary... love your comments bro....

  • sdavmor on November 10, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    @ Kamran Kamal. While it may be true that NZ got lucky in running out Sehwag, they also missed out completely on in the first couple of overs on D5 when Vettori of all people flubbed the easy chance to runout H. Singh. Had his throw been on target Singh would have been out and it's highly unlikely that India would have survived until lunch. On that dead-as-a-doornail track NZ would have strolled home. Are the Kiwis "overconfident"? I doubt that there's a squad in test cricket more acutely aware of their limitations and short-comings. I wouldn't pay much attention to what Ross Taylor says. Gauge the NZ position and thinking only on what comes from the mouth of "The Professor". His team will play hard but they realistically are looking at getting out of India without being embarrassed. So far so good. 1 down 2 to go.

  • on November 10, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Taylor is right.Why should not any player of a team not be confident when you are playing a 3rd class,spineless bowling attack like India's? This is the team without a proper 2nd fast bowler and just because of australia's decline we are number1,actually india is well below South africa,australia,england. Rankings do not give us a proper indication-we can call ourselves no1 after beating the above mentioned teams in their own backwards time and again and after winning at least 2 consecutive world cups.

  • on November 10, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Taylor is giving mediocre players such as Jeetan Patel and Tim McIntosh players chances. Their averages speak volumes and are just in because NZ can't find a better player. Surely, Dean Brownlie should get a chance?!

  • on November 10, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Batting is Inidia's strength... its unlikely if they prepare a bowling friendly pitch

  • inder0523 on November 10, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    I am still wondering how nz performed so well,i think it was more of luck than anything and india will be able to maintain its dominance in hyderabad with sehwag..

  • on November 10, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    NZ are over confident... Suddenly even a draw in dull pitch has made them to think more than what they are... Agreed India had a bad day on day 4... But had sehwag's run out not been made, it would ve been completely differently scorecard.. Two out of form batsmen nicked... sachin ms got inside edge... Tats not an awe-inspiring spell from martin... Lets c whether he repeats the same in upcoming matches....

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 10, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    I don't think NZ batting is strong enough to survive a more difficult track but I do hope Martin performs again and NZ challenge Ind, they certainly have alot to prove after the Bang tour.

  • nav84 on November 10, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    "Hopefully, Martin will show the form he did in Ahmedabad" d hopes o him repeating wot he did are lesser den d hopes o harbhajan repeating wot he did

  • muzmeister on November 10, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Thankfully for NZ, Taylor is a better batsman than he is a commentator. What a load of rubbish. Taylor you are a great batsman but your team is neither on a roundabout nor challenging India again in this series.

  • VipulPatki on November 10, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Before the match, Indian media was excited about impending records. None of them were broken. A timely wake-up call for a lot of players. Having said that, things could have been different if Ishant Sharma had played. Sreesanth was a complete waste as usual, spraying balls all around the pitch. Why is he even persisted with?

  • on November 10, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    TAYLOR DON'T BE OVER CONFIDENT........ IND WILL RUIN NZ IN HYDERABAD.... DON'T WORRY YOU WILL GET UR TREAT THERE... YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF KEY PLAYERS LIKE : - SACHIN , SEHWAG , GANMBHIR , DHONI , ZAK , BHAJJI...............

  • on November 10, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    India must play the legspinner no matter what the wicket looks like.

  • TATTUs on November 10, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    India has to be careful here. I am looking for a Sachin double hundred. He is in too good form to miss out like he did at Motera.

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  • TATTUs on November 10, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    India has to be careful here. I am looking for a Sachin double hundred. He is in too good form to miss out like he did at Motera.

  • on November 10, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    India must play the legspinner no matter what the wicket looks like.

  • on November 10, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    TAYLOR DON'T BE OVER CONFIDENT........ IND WILL RUIN NZ IN HYDERABAD.... DON'T WORRY YOU WILL GET UR TREAT THERE... YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF KEY PLAYERS LIKE : - SACHIN , SEHWAG , GANMBHIR , DHONI , ZAK , BHAJJI...............

  • VipulPatki on November 10, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Before the match, Indian media was excited about impending records. None of them were broken. A timely wake-up call for a lot of players. Having said that, things could have been different if Ishant Sharma had played. Sreesanth was a complete waste as usual, spraying balls all around the pitch. Why is he even persisted with?

  • muzmeister on November 10, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Thankfully for NZ, Taylor is a better batsman than he is a commentator. What a load of rubbish. Taylor you are a great batsman but your team is neither on a roundabout nor challenging India again in this series.

  • nav84 on November 10, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    "Hopefully, Martin will show the form he did in Ahmedabad" d hopes o him repeating wot he did are lesser den d hopes o harbhajan repeating wot he did

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 10, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    I don't think NZ batting is strong enough to survive a more difficult track but I do hope Martin performs again and NZ challenge Ind, they certainly have alot to prove after the Bang tour.

  • on November 10, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    NZ are over confident... Suddenly even a draw in dull pitch has made them to think more than what they are... Agreed India had a bad day on day 4... But had sehwag's run out not been made, it would ve been completely differently scorecard.. Two out of form batsmen nicked... sachin ms got inside edge... Tats not an awe-inspiring spell from martin... Lets c whether he repeats the same in upcoming matches....

  • inder0523 on November 10, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    I am still wondering how nz performed so well,i think it was more of luck than anything and india will be able to maintain its dominance in hyderabad with sehwag..

  • on November 10, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Batting is Inidia's strength... its unlikely if they prepare a bowling friendly pitch