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

Ross Taylor hopes for bowler-friendly conditions

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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 :)

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

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

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

    Who does Dhoni think he is telling the umpires to improve their 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...

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

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

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2010, 13:16 GMT

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

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

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

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


  • Dummy4 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!

  • Denver 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."

  • Samundra 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........

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