India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad August 22, 2012

Taylor banks on 'surprise' attack

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Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, has said he expects the ball to swing in Hyderabad and that his pace-heavy bowling attack can surprise India. Taylor said New Zealand will be playing "at least" one spinner and hinted James Franklin, the allrounder, could also be included.

"Obviously the overhead conditions might play a bit of a part. It might swing around a bit for the first hour, an hour and a bit," Taylor said. "We will be playing at least one spinner. But Franklin batting at six gives a good balance to our side and gives us an extra bowling option as well. Every day we have been here so far, it has been cloudy. We are expecting it to swing. It swung in training and hopefully it can swing for five days as well."

The other seamers in the touring squad are Chris Martin, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner.

India last played New Zealand at home in 2010. "Most of our batters have played against India here last time, so they won't be a surprise to MS [Dhoni]," Taylor said. "But it will be a bit of a surprise when he faces some of our bowlers."

New Zealand are under a new coach, Mike Hesson, who took over from John Wright. "Mike has been great for the group. He has brought in a new energy and the way we have gone about our training," Taylor said. "There is a bit more of a buzz around the team and I think any new coach is going to have different philosophies and theories and the team is responding well to those at the moment."

New Zealand had a poor tour of the West Indies, losing the Tests 0-2. The batting had let them down then and Taylor said the team needed bigger performances. "It's just about batting each ball and if we do that, we have the best chance to bat for long periods of time. It's not about scoring 50s or 100s," Taylor said. "If we have match-winning performances, then hopefully we get the right results at the end of the day."

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  • Conrad on August 23, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    @michael kent- Whom should be there instead of Franklin or Flyn? Granted, neither have been match winners in the past in test cricket, but both have had limited opportunities at that level. Franklin 6 and Watling 7 is as good middle/lower order, technically, NZ has had for ages. Vetori made his runs there in a basically inexplicable fashion, based on grit determination and good hand eye co-ordination at times . These guys need the chances we afforded Adam Parore in the past, to become a regular middle order contributor. A good dollop of left-handers sprinkled through the batting line-up is adding something to where the international experience and class is obviously lacking at the moment. Good luck to our lads, lets hope they play to their potential and give the Indian fans some good competitive cricket to watch.

  • Deepak on August 23, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    @MattyP1976 - In fact, India have won 2, lost 5 and drawn 1 in their last 8 games.. The drawn match was a thrilling last ball finish which could well have been a win for India.

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Suddenly everybody has such high hopes for Franklin--batting and an extra bowler. He hasn't proved himself in the past but then again almost none of the NZ batsmen have shown any consistancy at all, except perhaps Guptil. If NZ gets more than 200 in both innings, this will be an acheivement but then India will get 450 in a single innings and win. NZ with the present batting line-up haven't got a chance. With McCullum as an opener (instead of no 7-his correct position) and Flynn and Franklin in the line up, there's no chance/

  • Deepak on August 23, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I wonder if Tarun Nethula can play IPL as an 'Indian' the same way as Kenya's Tanmay Mishra did - by holding an Indian passport. Would be nice to see more leg spinners in IPL..

  • Deepak on August 23, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    @MattyP1976 - Sorry mate. But you are wrong. India have won 1, lost 5 and drawn 2 in their last 8 Tests.

  • Jay on August 23, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    @MattyP1979: Your posts puts a smile across my face. They are funny to say the least. Yeah.. well many fans wore shades of Indian/South African colours during the recently concluded test series between ENG and SA. I won't be surprised one bit if the English decide to hop into a NZ jersey and cheer lead for them. Coming to the point, it will be difficult for NZ to upset India. However, India too are in transition with many young guys coming in to fill the vacancies. The bowling is the biggest weak link India have. Apart from Zaheer and to a certain extent Ishant Sharma, the rest are rookies to be fair. The batting looks solid as always and in subcontinental conditions, they are easily the best in world cricket. I hope NZ put up a good show. With the kind of pitches we have in India, I won't be surprised at a draw in one of the tests. I think it will be 1-0 to India.

  • Munaf on August 22, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag,Rahane,Pujara,Tendulkar,Kohli,Dhoni + Ishant,Ojha,Zak,Chawla (grrr)

  • Mathew on August 22, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Looking forward to this. Although big under-dogs NZ won't have a better chance than this. Ind have just been humiliated in the last 8 tests they have played (6 by an innings). Old guard starting to retire and pressure on the new lads. Confused IND/SA fans (i forget which) might may well see an upset here. Going to be tough and hopefully we will get a result. Lots of luck NZ from a confused Eng/NZ fan.

  • Jordan on August 22, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    I absolutely love Hesson's thinking. The top six is as follows: 1. Guptill 2. McCullum 3. Williamson 4. Taylor 5. Flynn 6. Franklin. Williamson is great at first drop, Flynn and Taylor provide middle-order stability and McCullum can now be more aggressive when he bats. Well done Mike Hesson.

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Correct me if I'm wrong but don't 100s tend to be match winning performances?

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