India in New Zealand 2013-14 December 24, 2013

Hesson calls for green pitches for India Tests

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Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, has called for green pitches when India tour New Zealand in January-February 2014. Hesson said New Zealand don't get "any favours" in terms of pitches when they travel to India, and he would be "disappointed" if the curators do not dish out green seaming tracks for the two Tests in Auckland and Wellington.

"We'll back our seamers over anyone's at the moment," Hesson said, while emphasising New Zealand's pitch preferences following a Test in Hamilton against West Indies where the surface was rather dry and spin-friendly. "We know these conditions as a batting group. Our batsmen bat on conditions that nip around in first-class cricket so they're used to it and it can expose your technique if you're not.

"I think everyone's aware of the type of surface that we'd like. We've been in India before and they've changed the pitch the day before a game because it wasn't quite as dry as they would like. We certainly don't get any favours when we travel, so I'd be disappointed if we provide any at home."

India play New Zealand in two Tests at Eden Park and Basin Reserve between February 6 and 18, following a five-match ODI series in January.

On their last tour of New Zealand, in 2009, India won the three-Test series 1-0, registering victory in Hamilton with offspinner Harbhajan Singh taking a second-innings six-for. However, the previous time they visited New Zealand, in 2002, they were presented with tracks that were hardly distinguishable from the lush outfields in Wellington and Hamilton, and failed to score more than 161 in four innings.

The Eden Park track, a drop-in pitch, generally offers good carry but isn't a green seamer. Hesson said he was hopeful the ground's new curator, Blair Christiansen, could deliver such a track though. "They're a pretty skilful group up there, they know exactly what needs to be done," he said.

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  • POSTED BY JayPadia on | December 30, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Most host countries don't realize that India is a good batting team. Where they struggle is - to take 20 wickets on pitches with no assistance. When the hosts prepare green bouncy tracks, Indian bowlers get the help from the pitch and they may be able to take the 20 wickets. So any kind of helpful tracks is in India's favor. The SA series is clearly an example of the same. The only time Indian bowlers got some assistance, they knocked down SA; other times, they struggled. SA won on a dry track and not a green one.

  • POSTED BY sheenu on | December 30, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Mr. Hesson, it will be classic case of "digging your own grave"!! Ask your players to be ready to fall in!!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 26, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @aussie1993. Dhoni not even considered as a good batsman in tests by Indian fans! lol. I suspect you as a SL fan hiding or is it your 4-0 loss in India hurting you?

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 26, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    @Syed Hassaan Ahmed. If worlds no:1 bowler goes all over the park for just 1wicket on 3rd day, thats because of pitch. If Indian bowlers didn't get wicket thats their inability.lol

  • POSTED BY mensan on | December 26, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Hope BCCI doesn't jump in and ruins the KIWI party like they did in 2009.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Please do make green pitches. I have always believed that NZ were incredibly lucky in 2002 to win most of the tosses throughout the series including both the tests. Those pitches were such that the matches were purely decided on toss and India just had an extreme run of bad luck. If NZ dish out the same again, hopefully the toss wins would be distributed more evenly this time and India can prove once and for all how ridiculous NZ drop-in pitches are...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Mostly these kind of tactics backfire. I like what the SA coach Domingo said. These Indian fast bowlers have honed their skills on unfriendly pitches. they will always be a threat on fast green tracks.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Green pitches for India best option because they only batting on cemented wickets in India

  • POSTED BY ramli on | December 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    We are ready ... Ganguly once commented about playing cricket in parks when touring NZ ... the present team won't mind it ... just roll out any pitch and we will roll over NZ ... we are ready

  • POSTED BY balaji313b on | December 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    going to backfire for kiwis- umesh yadav and mohd sami will be too hot to handle

  • POSTED BY JayPadia on | December 30, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Most host countries don't realize that India is a good batting team. Where they struggle is - to take 20 wickets on pitches with no assistance. When the hosts prepare green bouncy tracks, Indian bowlers get the help from the pitch and they may be able to take the 20 wickets. So any kind of helpful tracks is in India's favor. The SA series is clearly an example of the same. The only time Indian bowlers got some assistance, they knocked down SA; other times, they struggled. SA won on a dry track and not a green one.

  • POSTED BY sheenu on | December 30, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Mr. Hesson, it will be classic case of "digging your own grave"!! Ask your players to be ready to fall in!!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 26, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @aussie1993. Dhoni not even considered as a good batsman in tests by Indian fans! lol. I suspect you as a SL fan hiding or is it your 4-0 loss in India hurting you?

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 26, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    @Syed Hassaan Ahmed. If worlds no:1 bowler goes all over the park for just 1wicket on 3rd day, thats because of pitch. If Indian bowlers didn't get wicket thats their inability.lol

  • POSTED BY mensan on | December 26, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Hope BCCI doesn't jump in and ruins the KIWI party like they did in 2009.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Please do make green pitches. I have always believed that NZ were incredibly lucky in 2002 to win most of the tosses throughout the series including both the tests. Those pitches were such that the matches were purely decided on toss and India just had an extreme run of bad luck. If NZ dish out the same again, hopefully the toss wins would be distributed more evenly this time and India can prove once and for all how ridiculous NZ drop-in pitches are...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Mostly these kind of tactics backfire. I like what the SA coach Domingo said. These Indian fast bowlers have honed their skills on unfriendly pitches. they will always be a threat on fast green tracks.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 25, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Green pitches for India best option because they only batting on cemented wickets in India

  • POSTED BY ramli on | December 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    We are ready ... Ganguly once commented about playing cricket in parks when touring NZ ... the present team won't mind it ... just roll out any pitch and we will roll over NZ ... we are ready

  • POSTED BY balaji313b on | December 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    going to backfire for kiwis- umesh yadav and mohd sami will be too hot to handle

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | December 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    @Cjg_NZ >>These are pretty bold claims for a side yet to win in SA, scoring 217, 146 in ODI's, 280 in first innings of test, then were unable to dismiss SA in the 4th Innings.>>i am sure NZ are no SA,and you talked about india's 280 in first innings but conveniently ignored SA's 244 in the first innings,similalrly you ignored india's 421 in the second innings.Talking about india's inability to dismiss SA proves you are undermining Faf & ABD's brilliant effort.Fact is even SA bowlers struggled in 2nd innings,and they dismissed india only because india didn't bothered to save their wickets since they were setting the targets without any pressure.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    don't worry guys, this newcteam is capable of handling the pressure better than any team around the globe. So, better suit up. it is them who gotta adjust to us and not us.

  • POSTED BY 13Amar on | December 25, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Prepare any sort of wkt ,,,, outside Subcontinent Team India only plays for either a draw or to loose ,,,, that reflects from their bowling attack of 4 bowlers and 8 batsmen that includes one spinner who they term as an allrounder ,,, they will only play for containment and hope that by better luck or by chance might win. Test matches are won by the bowlers who can take 20 wkts and kiwis did that against WI.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I dont think it is a bad notion to take the home advantages...what i feel is that home advantages should be enjoyed to the fullest..yes i do feel that this policy could dig the hole for New Zealand first but i don't see a walk in the park for India Either...looking forward for the Tests more than ODI's.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | December 25, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    I think he is right seeking favouring pitch conditions.Like Ind makes flat/spin slowish pitches for foreign teams NZ should make green top. Home adv. is part of the game.This Ind attack is no Aus/SA attack and wont be much risk.Also NZs is decent.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    thats ok. back ur strength.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    I am an indian but thats perfectly alright...every team plays to its strength...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    doesnt matter green track or spin track! learn after watching first test in SA. Otherwise your celebrations of winning test series aftet 8 years lasts only another one month.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | December 25, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Mike Hesson is the Mickey Arthur of New Zealand cricket. The sooner they get rid of this dysfunctional man the better.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @Jawad Ali - What about Pakistan's mediocre batting not matter where they play.

  • POSTED BY blthndr on | December 25, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Well its not about NZ underestimate India....bt they should play to their strength n green track will give them more chance than any other type of pitch....as an indian fan i would love to see green track....its also good for this young test team they ll get this type of exposure early in their career.....remember sachin played more oversea matches before played at home.....and playing oversea matches on green track will make this team more versatile....

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | December 25, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    I'm an India fan but I totally agree with Hesson. In fact by slanting the home pitch to its most favourable home state, the visiting team gets its sternest test of all and that's exactly how it should be. Go for it New Zealand. Show us what you've got!

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    NZ should realize that they do not have a formidable line up in batting. They can not get carried away by their wins against WI. Indian pacers too can swing the ball all day at the same place as NZ bowlers. Mind you, India has some reverse-swing experts in Zaheer and Shammy. Except Ross Taylor none of the NZ batsmen have showed aptitude for long innings.

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    notwithstanding India's batting inexperience compared to teams past, their confidence and skills should see them at least very competitive in this series on any pitch. The team that got beaten 2-0 was mentally weak whereas I don't see that in this team although most of their runs are scored at home as you ll see from the 100 stats. As for NZ I think a few weaklinks will be exposed in this series in the batting being Rutherford, Fulton and McCullum which will allow the right players to come in for the next era being Latham for Rutherford, Ryder for McCullum and Papps for Fulton although I like Fulton for his ability and willingness to face as many balls as possible, a job I think Papps can do but better. Once Rutherford improves his shot selection he comes back in for Papps. I just hope the weaklinks being exposed wont cost us a loss and our 7 match at home non-losing streak which is very important for obvious reasons. very looking forward to see what comes of it all!! JG

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 25, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    What people perhaps tend to forget while providing Green seamers or dry turners is that it could easily backfire on them. Look at what happend to India themselves in Mumbai against England, or for that matter what has recently happend to SA in Jo'burg. Green top is just what India needs in NZ. Although India lost 2-0 in 2002 the tests were very close and could have gone either way.

  • POSTED BY Just_Sam on | December 25, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Some of the posts here really make me laugh. Indian pacers are termed as medium, who lack pace, where as the truth is that Shami, Ishant & Zaheer can consistently bowl between 140&145 and Umesh Yadav at 150+ (please look at the speed guns). Nobody in this NZ pace line up is genuine pace (145+). The only thing that can trouble Indian batsmen is extreme cold and alien ground & pitch conditions. Since NZ players are used to their own backyard and know inside-out of it they are able to dominate every visiting team. It is not rocket science to understand this.

  • POSTED BY ramli on | December 25, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    @Giri jaganathan ... you are now selecting another "new" India squad to go to NZ ... why can't we keep moving forward with the present "new" team for some more time!!!

  • POSTED BY Sriraghav.P.N on | December 25, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Sure Mr.Hesson, we would do that when we start getting spinning dustbowls in New Zealand!

  • POSTED BY mensan on | December 25, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    India's batting line coming good in Johannesburg is just a false dawn. The pitch was not a batting paradise, but it was not a bowlers paradise either. Indian batting will still be tested on seaming tracks, even in front of lowly ranked bowlers.

  • POSTED BY rocket_rocket on | December 25, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    i feel people are underestimating NZ ...NZ in NZ is a very tough side to beat..yes, indians are playing well in SA now but if you look at their side taylor ,boult ,southee,williamson all in red hot form....India can win a series there but it won't be a cake walk like most of them are assuming it to be....

  • POSTED BY on | December 25, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    @ munaf patel: indian bowlers are not capable of taking 20 tickets in a match regardless where they play. period.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | December 24, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Jose Puliampatta - great comment. I think both sets of players would rather let their cricket do the talking, it's the fans that get all wound up in this sledging nonsense before the games even start. Looking forward to the series!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    this is gonna be a real test for newzealand bowlers

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | December 24, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    The tactics are clear but there is a small problem that India is coming from bouncy tracks os SA and , ight give a fight back but what about NZ batsmen if they play onsame ttracks.NZ are yet to be tested at their home.

  • POSTED BY ithkrall on | December 24, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    India's record touring New Zealand is pretty poor, even against very poor NZ teams very good Indian teams have found a way to lose.

    I wouldn't be too full of bravado if I were an Indian fan, just open up cricinfo stats guru and look at Indians record in NZ. then look at the scorecards and marvel and the bunch of nobodies who have consistently out performed the Indian greats here.

    India is the better team, but the conditions here might as well be playing on Mars they are so different to india.

  • POSTED BY Cjg_NZ on | December 24, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    These are pretty bold claims for a side yet to win in SA, scoring 217, 146 in ODI's, 280 in first innings of test, then were unable to dismiss SA in the 4th Innings. Dont underestimate NZ at the moment, they are improving rapidly as a bowling unit, especially in NZ conditions, and the batting is improving at a good rate aswell. I predict quite a close test series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Green, yellow or red.Whatever may be the type of pitch NZ prepares, it is not going to make any difference to this young, fearless Indian line up. When they can send a Dale Steyn and a Vernon Philander on a leather hunt, what chance does the NZ attack have??? They cannot even play Dan Vettori for Indians are also known to butcher spinners.

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | December 24, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    I do not think any country prepares pitches to suit visitors. So, Hesson's is just trying to play mind games. Whether it will be effective or not is left to be seen.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | December 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    People always have something to criticize just because they want to criticize. How can India be lucky with Morne Morkel's injury? I am tired with this comment. SA is strongest bowling attack and does it really matter when it loses one bowler in their own pitches? SA's main threat to India was Dale Steyn. And Philanderer was the one who was successful right from first inning. Then what would have happened big to India if Morne Morkel was there in 2nd innings? India bowling, who had no match practice at all performed more than expected but Dhoni's defensive approach on 5th day made difference from first 4 days. I still don't understand why would people want to criticize India. If you talk about luck then IMO SA was more lucky because India's fielding was definitely not up to their standards in this series and imagine what would have happened if India hadn't done wrong in fielding.

  • POSTED BY AsifAbbasi on | December 24, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Shouldn't it be the other way around? Indian bowlers are as good as any other bowling attack in swinging conditions, and with their batsmen they will win more often than not these days. Swinging conditions gives the Indian bowlers much needed support.

    NZ should rather try flatter pitches, where Indian bowling becomes ineffective due to absence of an out-and-out pace bowler and try to rattle them with bounce. Unfortunately, NZ cann't do that because : 1. They don't have a good fast bowler. 2. They cann't play bounce either...

    Hence i can see this backfiring, and India winning a series in NZ early next year.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    India must take irfan to NZ as also Gambhir or Shewag. They can consider Yusuf and harbajan. Binny must get a nod as also abishek nayar. India must be very careful and prepare well. NZ has very good bowlers. Their weakness could be batting. Dhawan, shewag/Gambir/vijay, pujara, Kohli, Rahane or Rohit or Yusuf, or a left hand bat, Dhoni, irfan, bhuvi/Ishanth/yadav, Zaheer, shami, Aswin/harbajan.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Hessen should try (1) to get their boy Ben Stokes to bowl for them, than becoming a 'mercenary' fighting for some one else. (2) try to salvage and induct back Jesse Rider...

    There are a lot of more useful things he can do, instead of setting in motion, these useless mind games. It might have worked with the earlier generation. But not with these young brave (shall I say brash) boys -- a new breed altogether.

    NZ has improved a lot over a year or so. We can expect a good competitive pair of tests.

    Both set of boys are also decent enough NOT to waste time & energy on useless at best, and harming at worst, sledging and abusing. Reserve that to those teams who love to burn the good old gentlemanly traditions into "Ashes"!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    It's alright for the Australian to doctor their pitches (especially at the WACA), or the South African to provide green pitches at JoBurg, but not okay for New Zealand to do the same? hmm.

    Besides South Africa (somewhat), no other team has been doing well on away pitches. Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe, Aussies lost 4-0 in India followed by 3-0 in India, England were thrashed against Pakistan in Dubai and now in Australia, India - well, everyone knows.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    And that's absolutely how it should be - always, as a thumb rule. The onus to be able to perform on bouncy, pacey, seaming tracks should be on us and not on our board's might to arm-twist other boards. I'd love for us to be treated with competitive respect and if that means we get tracks that make our lives hard, so be it. Let's try to raise the performance instead of trying to lower the bar

  • POSTED BY mgr125128 on | December 24, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    The Indian bowlers may not be world class but they do deliver 6 times out of 10 despite their limitations. On green tracks that ratio goes up to probably 8/10 . Do NZ have batters to cope with swing bowlers like Bhuv, Zak, Shami , Kulkarni etc.....Might turn up to be case of digging their own grave if NZ prepares green track. if they do it then it will boil down to bats better and I am sure NZ are aware who can bat better

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    With bowlers like Bhuvneshwar, Sami ,Zak and people like Umesh,Ishant, Dhawal kulkarni ( exploits swing conditions well), this will backfire on NZ big time if they make green tracks

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | December 24, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    If India use the following 11, NZ won't stand a chance: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rehane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Ishant, Shami, Aaron/ B Kumar/ Yadav. I lived in NZ for many years - I understand the conditions there and issues faced by Indian batsmen in the past. For this reason, I would 'rest' Rohit for the NZ series. Rohit may well go on to become a good player in the future (notwithstanding his recent success at home) but he is currently a bit loose outside the off-stump - You can just foresee the lazy waft caught in the slips! Also, being dropped now will help Rohit develop his technique further and more swiftly - Otherwise he will be using Test matches to iron out flaws in his game?!

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | December 24, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    i like watching games outside subcontinent tbh even though we get thrashed most of the time. the grounds look prettier and idk it just looks better on TV than any of the games in subcontinent, also the commentary is way better too and we deserve way better coverage of home games IMO. odi games is a joke in subcontinent with the new rules, even average players can score boundaries. tests are always fun when the wickets support the bowlers. So looking forward to Nz series which is a 2 match series as well which is frustrating

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | December 24, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Well, good luck to NZ against Zak & Shami! India's tour plans to NZ in the past has been poorly planned - They tended to be a stop-gap series as BCCI did not make much money from the away series. So the batsman had little time to adjust - By the time the batsman came into their own, it would be the final test. Nowaday's, however, it is a different story - The young batsman have had more A Team tours overseas and the series will be tailing the SA series. As long as the Indian players are not mentally drained, I think NZ will get a hiding from Dhoni & co whether spinning or seaming wickets.

  • POSTED BY Rajdeepgupta on | December 24, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Sure Hesson. I appreciate the honesty. Question is this Indian team will lose matches like the Winides did and they have some batsman. And I am sure you know the Indians can win the test matches. Question is will Kiwis ever win any test in India in near future? you know the answer. :)

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | December 24, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    NZ is a pretty competitive side , in fact much better than their ranking would suggest , should be a good contest between this young Indian side and NZ , myself a fan of kane williamson , he is a class act

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | December 24, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Hesson calls for green pitches for India Tests --- India calls for green pitches too... India won't be able to prepare for the WC-2015 if they are not exposed to green tracks in this weather.... Also in an ICC tournament, the pitch will be more balanced than that in a bilateral series... So, India will surely perform better in WC - 2015 by having the experience of this bilateral series.

  • POSTED BY srikanths on | December 24, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    On green pitches , it is possible that Indian batsmen could fail but this tactics of NZ could bite them back badly since India also is armed with Zaheer, Shami and cud be Ishant or Umesh. In fact on these pitches Bhuvnesh kumar could be more than a handfule, Last time we had a similar situation in 2002-03 , our attack was not quite potent on pace department. Zaheer was inexperienced that time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Thats why kisi languishing at the bottom.. Poor attitude.

  • POSTED BY alesana85 on | December 24, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Is DRS allowed in this upcoming series?

  • POSTED BY devil_in_details on | December 24, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I dont mind green tracks in NZ because of (1) the superior technique of Indian batsmen compared to their peers, and (2) the potential for closer matches between the two sides on green tracks. This article mentioned Indian victory in Hamilton. However what it fails to point out , and for those who did not follow that series closely I may recap- the best performance of India came in the third test match on the bounciest track of them all- Basin Reserve, Wellington. The local press was all over the NZ cricket board for 'selling out to their BCCI masters' since they could not stomach the fact that a superior outfit was beating them in their home. Ergo a green and bouncy track was provided and what happened next was obvious to all but the most biased NZ fans (and press). Zaheer ripped into NZ batting and they did not know where to turn to. Thankfully for them rain came to their rescue and they barely clung on- 8 wickets down after nearly 90 overs of cricket was rained out!

  • POSTED BY Sheenbob on | December 24, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    To those who said that I should shut up because my team is ranked no.8 and have an awful away record (and home hasn't been great either), I understand where you are coming from. In fact, I have been heavily critical of the team and its performance since Fleming retired in 08. However, I am seeing an exciting NZ team emerging consisting of young stars. Kane Williamson will definitely be a great NZ batsman and Taylor is in top form. In my opinion, McCullum is not a test player and should not even be in the team. The return of Jesse Ryder and his McCullums back problems could spell the end of his career. Anderson will be a good allrounder in the future as well. I have plenty of respect for many Indian players also. I mentioned Kohli and Pujara, but I am obliged to love Dhawan as he tore apart Australia earlier this year (big grin), and have also been following Rahane's progress into the side and believe that he could be something special.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Here we go again! People commenting when not a single ball is bowled. Green pitches are welcome...Pacers must get conditions conducive to seam and swing whether it is in the subcontinent or in countries like NZ and Australia. It is high time India produces good sportive pitches in the country and give the seamers a fair chance when they travel overseas. For people who are writing the Indians off a word of caution...Indian seamers ARE capable of causing upsets. The SA experience is going to help them stand in good stead. The Indians by the way did not fare that badly in the first test...after all the talk of bullring and massacre!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Have you seen how WI were humiliated by NZ? A similar fate will happen except India wont lose all their wickets in a day and/or lose within 3 days.

  • POSTED BY malepas on | December 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    @Deven, yes Kiwis should be scared of Indian Bowling who couldn't get 10 wickets in 4th innings on 4-5th day of the test on fast,uneven wicket and batting,,yes, some goods batting there but you must be frank to admit that India were fortunate that SA lost Morkel in 2nd innings which makes a huge difference. So we be ignorant and careful,,Kiwi's got a very good fast attack and it should be a good series but for now, think about the 2nd test, SA gonna come very hard on India.

  • POSTED BY TurningSquare on | December 24, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Why are tests still payed at Auckland?! It's such a terrible venue with straight boundaries of about 2 meters and a lifeless drop in pitch. You don't play soccer on an oval pitch. Beyond belief.

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | December 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    @SA_FAN315..tbh i never saw anybody talking about indian bowling ripping apart SA batting line up,infact its the other way around.Nobody gave india any chance in the 1st test day with many predicting a SA win inside 3days.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | December 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Hesson is making the right call. Only green pitches can provide a glimmer of hope of any success against the Ind side. Most of their top order batsmen and their captain are susceptible to swing bowling at decent pace that NZ already possess. No spin pitches.

  • POSTED BY Hadlee_Caesar on | December 24, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I applaud the Indian groundsman who refused to prepare a flat track for Tendulkar's final test, in favour of a competitive wicket. However, his contemporaries are rightly criticised for never producing anything other than turning tracks outside of monsoon season.

  • POSTED BY SA_FAN315 on | December 24, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    @ Deven Sharma Indian bowling - failed in all three odi's failed in a fourth and fifth day pitch preformed well in only first SA innings Indian bating - Fialed in all odi matches Failed in the first innings as well 280 is not a good score Preformed well in the second innings without having to face Morkel If you think SA only has STYEN then you're so wrong....did you watch the odi's because STYEN was good but there were other better than him who did the job for SA

  • POSTED BY SA_FAN315 on | December 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    C'mon now the same thing is being repeated .....everyone was saying that the new indian bowling line up would destroy the SA batting line up in the odi's and Zak and Co. will easily go through the SA batting line up in test....even though the kiwis are not top team at the moment they are still a very strong side and can challenge any team at the moment..... The kiwis realize that India has a strong batting line and respect the Indian talent and so they are preparing the pitch...India should also do the same and take the challenge carefully or else the no.1 odi side can go down like they did in thier recent odi series..... This series should also be exciting to watch... lot's of good cricket coming up

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Please guys dont start making predictions so early.Yes our team(india) is strong but we should only be proud about it not arrogant.Nz is a strong team no doubt about it and I am looking forward to a wonderful tour.All the best to both teams :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Like we prepared dust bowls for England and it back fired for us, just like that Hesson? Watch out, these new Indian pacers can swing both the new and old ball. And this time its a team with solid technique and counter attacking ability to take on any attack in this world. Did you see in the first test how toothless they made steyn look?

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @sheenbob, agree with most of your observations. It is just that you misread my comment. I did NOT for a moment say that the Indian attack is better than that of NZ, especially in NZ. I meant that they are more effective when the conditions suit them. You can look up India's overseas victories in the last few years to understand what I mean. Also, I said that the current pack is better than the seam attack in 2002. I know NZ have a good pace attach now which is not reliant on one bowler. It would be an interesting but albeit a short series... May the better team win

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Hesson, it will be a mistake. these young Indian batsmen know where their off stump is and definitely aren't scared of the short ball as we saw in the Champion's Trophy and now at the Wanderers. NZ has a better chance if they make docile pitches where the Indian bowlers will be rendered toothless. at least NZ can draw these tests.

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | December 24, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Nz have a very good pace attack and they are very tough to beat at home, so this will be a competitive series and india are underdogs with an inexperience lineup. there is nothing wrong with preparing pitches which suit the home teams strength provided they are prepared the same for all teams. for instance Nz prepared flat decks for Eng because they were scared of Eng's pace attack and Aus dished out flat decks for SA for the same reason. So they should always prepare green tracks to prove there worth, otherwise they deserve to be number 8 ranked

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | December 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Oh wait a minute! Are we going through all this all over again. Mr. Hesson its too early to speak i guess why not concentrate on current series at hand?

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    The kiwis are fogetting, the Indian quckies team of Umesh Yadav, Zaheer Khan, Ishant and Shami, can do more damage then Southie and Boult can. Also add to it Bhuvi, who can suprise with his swing and nipping deliveries. Barring Taylor and McCullum Sr, i dont think they can match up to the quality of Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane and Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | December 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Good news for India. They can roll over NZ in no time. India is no WI. It is one thing facing Tino Best, Sammy and its completely different facing Zaheer and Shami. Its not as if NZ has a heavyweight batting lineup, Taylor carried his team against WI. Would love to see how NZ performs when Taylor gets out cheaply.

  • POSTED BY DJRNZ on | December 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    just reading the comments from Indian supporters, how about you wait and see what happens instead of making predictions? England did the same thing last time they toured and they were completely outplayed for a team ranked down the bottom of the list. Do your research and have a little respect for the other team because you'll look pretty stupid just like the English supporters when they toured NZ. Don't forget, our population is the size of an average sized Indian city as well!!!

  • POSTED BY Just_Sam on | December 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    NZ is openly and unabashedly asking to prepare "Tailor Made" pitches to suit their own bowling and batting and nobody is criticizing NZ for for such an act. But had it been India asking the curator to prepare "Turning" tracks then all hell would break loose. Cricket pundits all around the world would be going hoarse on how India is manipulating the home advantage and not making sporting pitches. But anyway, FAST GREEN tracks are called SPORTING these days and any Indian pitch where the visiting team looses (even when Indian Pacers take maximum wickets) is called not sporting. Why such double standards. India haters face up to the truth.

  • POSTED BY DJRNZ on | December 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Can't wait for India to arrive, such a great batting line up against some seamers who in time could be greats for NZ. This will be the test for Southee / Boult and co. Was great to smash the Windies but this give the real indication of how good they are. India should of course win the test series but I think they may be in for a few surprises. England severely underestimated NZ a few months back and look how NZ outplayed them, Just couldn't get over the line. As long as it is a good tight series I'll be happy as India are so strong at the moment. Personally I'm looking for to seeing Kohli bat against Boult. Such a great batsmen against a guy who is in great form!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Home advantage is right of every nation ! so nothing critical of hesson asking for the same. v Indians make spin friendly, aussies have bounce, English have seaming tracks etc. That's the reason winning abroad especially tests is the ultimate thing in cricket apart from world cup. I would b very eager to see how the young team india fare in NZ. In 2002, though india lost 2-0 the series was exciting.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @Sheenbob..india are proving their worth in a far more demanding tour of SA in the test series,and i think its SA who'r no.1 at the moment,its laughable if a fan of a team whose side languish at no.8 most of the time are having a potshot at other teams,tell me when your team last won a test series anywhere in the world against top ranked team?lets try to keep your feet on the ground

  • POSTED BY Easyrider7 on | December 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    @yuvi_gladiator, Kumble was a completely different type of bowler to Warne. The reason the outside of the pitch was watered but not the middle was so that Warne couldn't get violent turn from outside the leg stump, but at the same time this would have no effect on what Kumble was trying to do because he didn't rely on violent turn - but on subtle variations in speed of delivery and bounce.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | December 24, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    New Zealand pace attack has gotten stronger now, I expect them to crush India in test series providing the wicket is a green one. ODIs India are more likely to win.

  • POSTED BY vjwithcricinfo on | December 24, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Beware Hesson.. Indian Bowlers will be more effective that the Kiwis if Green tracks laid down..

  • POSTED BY its.rachit on | December 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @Sheenbob- haha .. what funny arguments ... India are no.2 because they are better than all but one team in the world ... winning at home and being no.2 .. NZ won their first series against a top nation after 7 years .. I am sure they must have played atleast 7-8 series in NZ during the period .. oh yes they did ... and lost 1-0 to India ...

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | December 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @ aussie1993 At least India have won test matches in AUS. Tournaments all over the world. What you SL team has done. Clearly you don't understand anything. Regarding IND-SA ODI series. India still didn't get bowled out for 43 like SL did when they last visited.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    @ Sheenbob.. I agree with your analysis. NZL current bowlers are indeed better than the Indian lot, but green tops do help make the average (or may be slightly above average) Indian bowling attack look lethal because they might not have the pace but they very well know how to swing the ball. What is important though, is that to see to it that the pitches are not so conducive to batting/bowling so that the match resembles a timeless test (something that may happen at Ahmedabad) or gets over in 2.5 days (something that may happen at Wellington) provided that both teams are good enough to gut it out which I believe is true for NZL as well as India. The pitch at Wanderers, for example, was nice as it offered something to the bowlers and if the batsmen were ready to fight, it was a decent wicket to bat on too. I hated it when both WI test matches in India got over within 3 days. That was no fun being a test cricket fan

  • POSTED BY drunkonsport on | December 24, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @sheenbob, talking about winning at home only.mate, what is your teams trackrecord. Do you guys travel well!!!!. First let NZ even try to beat BD in BD and then talk about other teams warping thier series at home or whatever....

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | December 24, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Always interested to see how our team performs overseas, with bat, bowl and fielding. It is indeed a test of your technique when you play in an environment diametrically opposite to what you've been brought up. Should make for a spicier series because Kiwi's doctored-pitches (and that is okay since it is home advantage for NZ) will weigh the scales in their favour and make it harder for India's cricketers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @:Depanjay diwanji : preferences change, some like pace, some like spin... if you say subcontinent batsmen should prove their worth against pace, we say overseas batsmen should prove their worth against spin..... infact playing spin is fount out to be more difficult than that of pace..the fact that subcontinent batsmen has more average in overseas than that of overseas batsmen in subcontinent proves the fact....agree the game should be balanced, but doing so you are neglecting spin bowling.... tell Mr how many wickets were taken by spinners in ashes or in 1st match of India SA? if you ask me the pitch should be pacy swing friendly in day 1, batting friendly in day2,3 and it should assist both spin and pace on day4 5.... defiantly India doesn't have this kind if pitches, so does else where in the world.....

  • POSTED BY Sheenbob on | December 24, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @Balaji Nagarajan I'm sorry but India does not have a better pace attack. Southee and Boult are among the top 10-15 fast bowlers in the world. Wagner has his days but isn't overly consistent, however his aggression contributes to a solid all around attack. Call me back when Ishant Sharma gets seven for in India, his home country. Considering Tim Southee did it it can't be that hard can it? Or is Southee the better bowler? Probably. @Dhoni48 I believe our batsman are on par with each other, especially as yours is inexperienced. However, Kohli is a great player, arguably the best of both teams, whilst Pujara is also a great asset. However, I am not sure about Dhawan, Vijay, Sharma and Rahane at this stage, only due to their relative inexperience. Our bowlers are better fullstop. Your spinners won't be of great use here and our quicks are coming off a great series against W.I. You are only No.2 in the world because you warp the schedule to play at home all the time. Prove your worth here.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Honestly speaking, test cricket appears to be more attractive when they are played on a track that offers seam, swing, and bounce as opposed to the tracks which are flat and conducive to violent turn. The ongoing Ashes series and India/South Africa series are the good examples to this fact.You don't want to watch bowlers being murdered by batsmen, rather you would like to experience an equal contest between the two. I often see that on the subcontinent tracks batsmen face the balls lower than the knee height from the second day onward. Cricket should never be played on such tracks if you want promote it. Unpredictable tracks with variable bounce is also nice in comparison with the flat and low-bounce tracks. Concerning the turning tracks, well it is nice to have some turn on the 4th and 5th days, but a pitch should never lose the seam and bounce completely. I rather prefer a draw test with an even contest between bat and ball than a test won by one team making use of Un-cricket track.

  • POSTED BY drunkonsport on | December 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Request coming in from a 8th ranked test team, what else do you expect,to survive!!!! Bring it on Hesson! Indians are not WI to roll over and die!.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Prepare Green tops only,Lets see how they rise to the occasion.Although We have already seen glimpse of that in the 1st test.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @aussi1993 ur criticism for other cnties seem to b pretty gd. but as fr as i remember aus were whitewashed in India and lost the ashes too. If that is not enough then what about 3-2 loss to India in India. wow u seem to have missed many!!! And as Clarke says they deserve to be no.1 you gotta beat ur betters.

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | December 24, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Easyrider7 Anil Kumble got a lot from the same pitches that warne bowled on, the batsman just played him better so give credit where its due. Also warne was so great that when he bowled well extracted a lot of turn even on green tracks and i have never seen warne bullied anywhere else like he was in india

  • POSTED BY me54321 on | December 24, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    I'm getting a bit sick of captains and coaches requesting certain pitches at home. It seems every series there's a call to produce pitches that will be as hard as possible for the touring team. I don't remember them doing it so much prior to the last few years. Fair enough if the pitches naturally favour the home side, as you would expect, but pushing for pitches that have extreme characteristics isn't really fair.

    Also hosting countries should be more accommodating in warm-up games. Seeing a team caught cold in the first test, because they've only faced weak opposition, on pitches that are completely different to the test pitches isn't great viewing. I think most genuine fans want to see afair competition, with the best team coming out on top.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Any country which produces seamer friendly tracks would only play in to the hands of India. India do not have bowlers who could bowl extremely fact and need assistance from the pitch to take 20 wickets. Even in 2002, it was not as if NZ scored heavily and India just rolled over. Both teams posted low scores and NZ prevailed only marginally. This time around, India has a better pace attack.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | December 24, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @ jatin sutaria, your definition of a rank turner is a bit different to mine but your splitting hairs, all i was getting at is your pitches turn alot even on day one of a test match, alot of people will blame the climate but im sure the ground staff have access to a hose and sprinkler, the outfields look pretty lush but the pitch is usually baron. look it happens all over the world, teams doc the pitch to suit their teams strengths and make it as hard as possible for the visitors, its just my opinion that its taken too far and is hurting the game,

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | December 24, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @aussie1993 2-1 result is not a crushing i am afraid, it called a competitive series. unfortunately 4-0 and 3-0 is more equivalent to being crushed and thats exactly what Australia got in Ind and Eng resp :-)

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Great comments from @Vishwas HS ..... Each and every team has their own weakness and strength......Dont take out strength from positives....if you pick negatives in team it will be too many...Consider Pak since world cup been started from ages they didnt beat india even in T20 World cup also......And See Srilankan record in India So pathetic.....Atleast india won Against Srilanka in Srilanka.....Dont talk too much about other team without knowing their statistics

  • POSTED BY satzzz on | December 24, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    As if Hesson has got an amazing batting line up to back his decision.

    People rated India's batsmen and bowlers as very average when they tour abroad on seaming conditions. Now the world had just watched their performance in SA. Dhoni's boys with the recent tour of SA gonna enjoy and unleash the kiwis. New Zealand had won a test match after years. Soon their bad mouth had got its way in. Look at Steyn and understand what a bad mouth can lead to against we Indians!

  • POSTED BY 20ty2yards on | December 24, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @ Syed Hassan: Pak has one of the best bowling attack, yet look at your overseas record in recent years - it is abysmal. Despite the 8-0 loss or 2-0 to NZ in 2002, India has been the best test team from the Sub-Continent post 2000 & also wins consistently at home.

  • POSTED BY grizzle on | December 24, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Fantastic! Looking forward to an amazing Test series in NZ! I would be interested to see how this Indian batting lineup (looked pretty amazing in seaming conditions in Johannesburg) handles the swinging ball.

  • POSTED BY kartcric on | December 24, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Do anything you want Hesson.If we get out for 200, NZ will be all out for 50.Don't just think NewZealand bowlers will be licking their lips,our bowlers will also.Our batsman are better than yours,our bowlers are more skillful than yours,our fielders are par with yours and what more do you want.Just wait for a battering from us if you dont think we are no:2 in the world.The day when you got out for below 50 should not be forgotten.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Tim southee's best test figures are 7 for, which is in India.... tell me something, Tim southee is spinner??! or is he so great that he can get wickets even if there is no help nothing from pitch for fast bowlers??? I am missing something here....

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    @FnPKiw In the 2002 tour batsmen with the exception of Richardson, Sachin, Dravid all struggled. The reason NZ won those close matches was because of slightly superior bowling attack with Bond and Tuffey at their peak. India doesn't have Sachin and Dravid this time around but the younger lot have done well enough to command respect. I agree with Hesson, not just NZ all teams should prepare pitches to their strengths. The same thing is followed by curators in SA, Aus, India, SL. I don't see a reason why same thing shouldn't be followed in NZ as well. Hoping to see a good series with quality cricket like the ongoing Ind-SA one.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    nandu rabi@ this overrated india side won 2 world cup, 2 champions trophy, 1 t20 world cup , what your newzeland team has done, just one knockout tournament.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    @Easyrider7 : wow you give example of 2013 match and you explain why Warne dint get wicket 15Years back....wow.... ok...in that match the club level ashwin, ojah, jadeja got wicket, why couldn't the world class Warne???? simple answer is India played Warne better than anyone else...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @syed : ok we lost 8-0.... when was last time pak draw test match in south Africa...last time I checked it is 12-0 for south Africa against pak in south Africa...and I don't remember when pak and srilankan won test match in aus and England...we won in England 1-0 in 2007, we drew.test series.against mighty Aussie 1-1 (If not for that howlers from umpires in Sydney test, we wound have won that ') ...leave aside SA,AUS,ENG...when was the last time Lanka won test match in India????? with all those so called best bowling attack PAK couldn't draw test match in south Africa....and what are you trying to claim now...

  • POSTED BY letap on | December 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @Arnab Banerjee you must have terrible memory. the main nz bowler during the 2002/03 was shane bond and the game nz was bowled out for 94 was still won by nz. the test series was won by nz 2-0 and the odi 6-1 by nz. the current nz bowling attack is good but cannot be compared to the likes of shane bond.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 24, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Rightly so, there maybe calls of "doctored pitches" and stuff but Kiwis should present green pitches. India are definitely an over-rated test side and it's just a matter of time before it becomes obvious.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    NZ batsman themselves not capable enough to face quality Fast bowling on a Green Top. Indian bowlers will also be more threatening in such a scenario. Moreover, their bowlers are not equivalent to SA & Aus Fast Bowlers against which Indian Team has scored good. So this can backfire big time for NZ

  • POSTED BY Easyrider7 on | December 24, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Cricketforever1234, the reason why Shane Warne didn't make much impact in 1998 was because of the tricks used by the curators to negate him eg selective watering of the pitch see: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-australia-2013/content/current/story/622766.html

  • POSTED BY Rock_cricket on | December 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    That's fair enough, he has every right to do so. We will able to test ourselves.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    syed hasan ahmed@ i am sorry mate , i accept pakistan is best team in the world,let alone asia. their last two australia tour 2004-05- aus beat pakistan 3-0, 2009-10-aus beat pak- 3-0, 2006 england tour- england beat pak 3-0, beaten by saffars 3-0, even lost to zimbawaye.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    With all due respect, the batting line up of 2002 was better than the current NZ one and still one remembers how Zaheer ran through NZL. Remember 94 all out in response to 99? And this time around, Zaheer wont be alone like he was in 2002. Shami will be more than a handful on a green track. Last time NZL best bowler was Daryl Tuffy! Please guys, your bowling attack is at least five times that of last time. Give them good pitches, which will at least prevent Indian supporters from screaming- Substandard pitches! I rate Boult, Southee as very very good bowlers in any conditions!

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | December 24, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Hesson is stating the obvious. Any home team will prefer the surfaces that will suit their bowlers and batsmen and will give them best chance to win a test match. Also there is not question of giving favors in International sport. No one should dish it out neither should expect it. The very appeal in Tennis is that the 4 grand slams are played on 4 different surfaces. Similarly we cricket fans want to see good hard fought cricket on different conditions and surfaces. Only thing Hesson will do well is to understand that this is renewed Indian test team with the likes of Kohli and Zaheer in the team who never shy away from confrontations.If you are going to indulge in mind games it might just help them to provide extra motivation to do well. No one from the current Indian team will be loosing sleep with Hesson's talk of green seaming wickets. If you want the green top in your own backyard you can get them. What is the need of shouting from the roof top?

  • POSTED BY FnPKiwi on | December 24, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Nothing wrong with a four day test, low scoring tests are often the most interesting. Far better than Both teams scoring 500 in the first innings and playing out as a boring draw on a flat pitch with northing for the bowlers. Gives a true test of a batsmen technique and scoring a hundred will actually mean something.

    If this India'n batting line up can score runs against the moving ball of Boult and southee on a green wicket hats off to them. Lets hope their not another generation of flat track bullies like the last. Exception of Dravid and to an extent Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    I think what he is trying to do is to get some kind of Psychological advantage over India by commenting on the nature of the pitch but they also know that they can also get trapped in their own plan as their batting lineup is not outstanding.With Zaheer Khan back in the test side and Shami Ahmed performing well,they should prepare sporting pitches which can offer good competitive Test Cricket.This comment from their coach also shows that they are really wary of the potential of Indian players who can exploit any kind of assistance they may get from the pitch.Thank You.

  • POSTED BY nayonika on | December 24, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Mr.Hesson Please provide as green a pitch as you can and wish but don't be stunned n surprised when the Indian team out-bats and out-bowls your boys to win the series.You will get a lesson, Mr.Hesson.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @aussie1993 : what was the average of the great Ponting in India??? mere 25 in tests and no need to tell how pathetic is Warne in India with all the spin friendly conditions..... what if we got 4-0 in Australia, Australia too got 4-0 in India.... I don't remember when was the.last time Australia won test match in India.... oh yes it us 8-0 for the last 8 matches for Australia in India.... no one is saying that Indian batting is top what happened to your great batting line up in CT13? in ashes in England? no need to tell the average.of Indian batsmen (DRAVID, Sachin, laxman, sehwag) in Australia.... oh yeah virat scored his first century against mighty Australia in pert ( fastest pitch) .....

  • POSTED BY kdevil3 on | December 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I think Zaheer ,Isa nth & Shami has done well in SA.although still they lack the penetration factor. But I think it will be tough for NZ batsmen. I always believe in this new young INDIAN batsmen .they will fight out the green pitched better than NZ

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @mr Hesson ,Well if you play guptill,rutherford,williamson,taylor,mccullum,anderson,watling,bracewell,southee,boult,wagner ...........then you have a chance of preventing your team from an innings defeat otherwise innings defeat in both tests is future verdict for you and mccullum...........cheers

  • POSTED BY RajDaw on | December 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    In 2002 I wanted to watch test matches during the weekends - but the games did not last that long. Richardson and Tendulkar were the only 50+ scorers. The consequence was Indian TV would not stump up for such tours and it resulted in NZ not hosting India for the next 7 years! These pitches were not tailored to NZ's strength - it was tailored to the toss. If India won both tosses, the result may well have been reverse. It is incorrect to say India 'doctor' their pitches. It is the nature of the weather and climatic conditions that produce the different nature of pitches in India. In the last 2 tours by NZ (2010 and 2012) there were centuries to Taylor, Ryder, Williamson, McCullum and even good old McIntosh! Are these pitches doctored? India won the home series in 2010 due to a 7-for by Ishant Sharma! India's domestic competition scores reflect the scores in Test matches. So NZ should prepare pitches where their batsman can pile 300's & 400's just as it is in the Plunket shield matches.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @Aryan Sarkar and @20ty2yards Pak's batting woes are widely acknowledged by Pak fans. However, recently Pak has beaten SA in SA in an ODI Series, where Indians struggled to cross even 200. Does that give Pak bragging rights that their batting lineup can now coop with any track in the world? NO! Same logic applies to bogus Indian bowling. And Pak never claimed to be world beaters, even though they never lost 8-0 overseas with a "legendary" batting lineup. Now that you've brought Srilanka into equation, let me ask: Who played SL the most in last 5 years? When is BCCI arranging yet another series against them?

  • POSTED BY SP82 on | December 24, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I agree Indian team of past was somewhat flat track bullies with weakness in bowling...but India always had a better chance of winning outside subcontinent on green tracks with their bowling contributing to the game. Preparing green tracks has backfired on hosts before and it will only do good to Indian bowling than the hosts in NZ. Never the less I enjoy watching test cricket in bowlers' friendly tracks than on pata tracks. As far as Hesson talking about so called ideal conditions, I remember Marvan Atapattu said something about the tracks few years back, "four out out of nine major test playing nations (forgive me for Zimbabwe) are from sub continent ..so who are you to decide fast tracks are the standards and not rank turners?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    first signs of fear.... wow...India must be doing really good....way to go Indian young team..... if you can make a.coach of a team fear, that is great achievement, and you have already done that with just one match....

  • POSTED BY Matadore on | December 24, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Whatever the result, i expect NZ will show a good spirited not... not the coward attitude what SA did in johannsbrg..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    India provides pitches which their players excell, people say these are doctored pitches Australia provides pitches in which players can hide in the cracks from day one, people say this is real cricket, saffas provide pitches where it us difficult to find out which is pitch and which is outfield, again people say this is real cricket.... wow... now newzeland wants jungle in between the cricket ground, oh yeah this is real cricket.... welcome to the cricket where India is the only villain....

  • POSTED BY aussie1993 on | December 24, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    y everyone calling great indian batting line up if it was great it could not have struggled in odi series against rsa,it could not have lost to england 2-1 in india,it could not have lost to 8-0 in england and australia inspite the presence of sachin,dravid,laxman,dhoni it could not have lost to pakistan 2-1 in odi in india when junaid dismissed kohli 3 times in a row so dnt overrate indian batting lineup they have good batting lineup but not great what about dhawan he only scored 180+ on debut in test but after that he has not scored a 50 in tests ,what about dhoni he has not got a single century outside sub contenient. in past only australia have a good batting lineup and nobody can take their place I mean they do not have big record to show but at least they defeated everyone in their home soils australia have whitewashed sa in sa, has won both test nd odi series in india against indians

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @kiwicricketnuts "i know we get rank turners when we go to india but do we have to stoop to that level,"

    So that you get educated, pitches in India are slow turners and if you have skill you can hang around. England did that and went a step further - they won. Rank turners are ones where there is uneven bounce and some pace (for spin) from day one. The key in India is to allow the ball to come to your bat and thats a skill. If most of NZ cricketors don't have it, don't blame it on pitch.

  • POSTED BY pt_pt on | December 24, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Why tough task ahead for NZ, what if Taylor keeps on making 100's and Southee and Boult keep on taking wickets. Don't think its a tough task at all to play India, actually I would be worried if I was India, NZ are in great form and the confidence is very high. Sure the pitches can be green, but NZ have the home ground advantage. It's just disappointing that this is not a 3 test match series.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @aussie1993 : the signs of frustration from 4-0 drubbing and ashes drubbing in England are showing in your comment.... don't let your tongue slip it's words.... your bowlers couldn't defend 350+ twice back to back in one series....

  • POSTED BY Cricketforever1234 on | December 24, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    So quick to jump on conclusions .... @aussie1993 Every test playing side has the right to have pitches which suits them .....Home rated spinner ???? What happened to warne when he was in India ..do you even remember? No offence I like warnie very much but how was he treated when he was India one of the greatest spinners in the game ever ..Why he couldn't make an impact ? he was not good enough looked very ordinary even when he was presented with such pitches before the skills of Indian Batsmen .

    Every nation has the right to have pitches of their own . Coming to Hesson's comments... Indians will not mind such pitches at least against NewZeland for sure because their batting line up is itself not great ....His comment's are just out of excitement after beating WI recently but he is forgetting about his own batting line up .Same team has been loosing badly to Bangladesh clean sweeps .....

  • POSTED BY Rufus_Fuddleduck on | December 24, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Thanks for stating the obvious, Mr Hesson. Everyone gets home turf advantage, and Indian bowlers also know a thing or two about bowling on fast tracks. You would ask for these pitches now that you don't have Daniel Vettori. Remember him? When he was playing he was captain, lower order batsman, toplinespinner, strike bowler, stock bowler, selector and probably would supervise the weekly maintenance of the NZC building and updation of the website. Perhaps his body gave in to the demand that he do a bit more to earn his money. If that's an indication of how you handle talent - well, good luck to your pool of fast bowlers. They are a resource but need good management.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    20ty 2 yards@ spot on mate, but pakistan are not even flat track buly , give them aginst aussies in uae they gonna bowled out for less than 200 in every match, their score against srilanka dont justify anything because srilanka have one of the poor bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    india fast bowler are better than kiwis..they ll definitely struggle against india

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Whatever may be the pitches that NZ prepares, they will lose.So why bother Mr.Heeson?

  • POSTED BY milepost on | December 24, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    It's disgraceful the way pitches are doctored in India but at the same time the NZ coach should not be telling curators what to do.

  • POSTED BY 20ty2yards on | December 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    India has a batting line up to cope up with green, bouncy pitches - at least they have the potential with what we saw in Wanderers. @Syed Hassan: The real flat track bullies are the ones who lose to Zim or get bowled out for 49

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 24, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    I think india will lose the 2nd test against SA and they already have lost ODI series.

    Tough task ahead in NZ, I hope india shows some fight even if they lose the series.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | December 24, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    the pitches of 2002 were a joke and were not a good advertisement for the game and is not in the best interest of cricket producing wickets like that so i hope nz cricket curators don't go that far. every cricket lover wants a good contest between bat and ball, i do think we should juice up the pitch a little, because their batting line up will own us on flat wickets and the less spin the better but making it a seam bowlers paradise will make for boring test cricket and all over withen 4 days, i know we get rank turners when we go to india but do we have to stoop to that level, i actually think docing the pitches for home team advantage is in some ways ruining the game, how many teams win abroad these days? i'd say only south africa can do it regulary the rest are mostly wasting their time in conditions designed purposely for them to lose

  • POSTED BY aussie1993 on | December 24, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    good move when any team tours india for tests they create dust bowls for their home rated spinner ashwin and ojha becoz they know if they. dont design such pitches there spinners would be ineffective. but last tym england crushed them on their home soil 2-1 india lost badly to england in India

  • POSTED BY pinn on | December 24, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Hesson, dont you remember the last Indian tour ? It was a backfire for NZ , as at one stage in the first test there were 50+ for 5-6 wickets. Anyway NZ went on to loss the matches. It is no more the flat track guys touring the countries. Even though they lost the SA ODIs, check the tests. Also check the last year, Eng ( champions trophy ), WI and Zimbabwe. Won all the series where it assist the pacers a lot.

  • POSTED BY nketnz on | December 24, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    So what's new? It is a doctored pitch if it happens in the sub-continent but a sporting track if it happens in NZ, Aust, Eng or SA.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | December 24, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Steyn talked trash before the 1st test and recorded his worst bowling performance of his career. Thats the peril of shooting your mouth off. All teams manage their home pitches and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. A turning pitch is as legitimate as a green seaming pitch. NZ has won two tests after a long time and suddenly mouths are rattling again.

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | December 24, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    cricket is all about performing in different conditions whether it is green or turning track. That is the beauty and it is a real challenge. It would be boring if all tracks around the world are same. So nothing wrong. Batsman from eng, aus, nz and sa should perform on turning traks from 1st day AS LIKE experts wanting asian team to perform in green wicket from day one.

  • POSTED BY mvm77 on | December 24, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    I am afraid NZ is gonna end up with mud on their face. Current Indian bowling crop (Zaheer, Shami, Ishant, Umesh, Bhuvi) can all exploit the conditions quite well and get the swing going. And NZ batsmen are no masters and have their own shortcomings. It will be an interesting series where India would back themselves better than the current SA series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Hesson has the most assuring batting line up :-). I don't think Indian bowlers will mind - will make an average attack really potent.

  • POSTED BY Anubhav-the-Experience on | December 24, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    New Zealand should if they could...its always more exciting for us as Indians...if you have good spinner in India you need not worry and if you have good fast bowlers than you need not worry in England etc., it goes both ways....otherwise what's the point of having matches at different places.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | December 24, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Mind your words Hesson. You could be the next Lorgat and NZ board may suffer the consequences. A lot can happen before the tour starts.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    That "genuine" fast bowler Zak was clattered in 4th innings to all parts of Wanderers at an economy rate touching 4. I'm sure a bowling lineup can extract better from helpful surfaces rather than banking on inside edges, runouts or No-DRS-Howlers, that too with a cushion of 457 runs. And besides Kohli and Pujara, rest of your flat-track-bullies still have a lot to prove. So be careful Indian fans, I won't be in such a hurry to call bring-it-on-fast-pitches!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    let them make what ever pitch they want. its their prerogative to prepare home made pitches to suit their conditions. The current Indian Team under the captaincy of DHONI along with young Brigade will counter those pitches. it will be a nice experience. kesav koundinya

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Well the first test between south africa and india was drawn....india faced world's best bowlers philander and steyn....and india is obviously 10x stronger than west indies..so NZ are the ones to worry...india will win easily in NZ given they have a fully fit Zak now..

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | December 24, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Yes, NZ seamers are very effective on such pitches- this is a normal approach by any country, hardly anything surprising, and there was no need for Hesson to say it out publicly. NZ has always offered such pitches to visiting teams, making it difficult for any visiting team to win in NZ. Yet, if India go in with Bhubaneswar Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Shami Ahmed, NZ batting will also struggle and such a pitch may well turn out to be a game of Russian Roulette.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Be careful NZL, Indian batsmen are younger & are fearless. A bouncy pacy track is going to suit Indian bowlers too. This is not the Indian team full of spinners. It indeed has some great fast bowlers like shami, Zak, Umesh & ishant, so it may fire-back to Nzl. Anyways Nzl is a place where Indian batsmen have not enjoyed much except in the recent past. So i am quite excited to see how this young team is going to face genuine fast bowlers in fast bowling conditions.

  • POSTED BY kunderan on | December 24, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    I think we now have bowlers who bowl as well as any other fast bowlers in the world. Zak back to leading the attack with speeds in the high 130s at the end of a very tiring day speaks volumes about his fitness.

    So, Hesson, I wouldn't be in a hurry to write off India yet. At least they have shown that they can fight overseas and will not be pushovers.

    They have also had some practice and will have some more in facing the best bowling attack of the No.1 team on fast pitches, so they won't be as unprepared as in the past! In fact, we Indian fans are also hoping that you will prepare fast, green and bouncy pitches since we have the bowlers to test the best!

    I am sure it will be a good contest and may the best team win!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Atleast in India you know the pitches would be dry turners on most occassions. Made dry turners for NZ, Eng, Aus etc.

    NZ made dry unresponsive surfaces to battle Eng. Aus shaved off all grass when hosting SA bowlers. Eng made slow boring pitches to nullify Aus. Aus brought grass back for Eng series.

    While I have no issues with Home teams making pitches for themselves, it is silly how much flak Ind gets for "doctoring" pitches.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | December 24, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    NZ is not better than SA, right? Nobody asking for any favor. You can prepare wickets as you wish. But you need guts to survive yourself too!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    No pitch should be made against the spirit of the game if they really love the game!!! whether it is INDIA or NZ!!!

  • POSTED BY hokeypokey on | December 24, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    From past experience what ever hesson wants, hesson gets..watch out india!! Bring your best team please..west indies wasnt a test...

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Already CSA , the world no.1 is paying for their talk on weakness on Indians facing abroad. The world no.1 Steyn (ex now) tiptoed on Indian Batting line up and what he got back was his worst test bowling figures EVER. Now Its your turn NZ Cricket. If it can happen to CSA, then think about you NZC Be afraid , be very very afraid!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Already CSA , the world no.1 is paying for their talk on weakness on Indians facing abroad. The world no.1 Steyn (ex now) tiptoed on Indian Batting line up and what he got back was his worst test bowling figures EVER. Now Its your turn NZ Cricket. If it can happen to CSA, then think about you NZC Be afraid , be very very afraid!!!

  • POSTED BY hokeypokey on | December 24, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    From past experience what ever hesson wants, hesson gets..watch out india!! Bring your best team please..west indies wasnt a test...

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    No pitch should be made against the spirit of the game if they really love the game!!! whether it is INDIA or NZ!!!

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | December 24, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    NZ is not better than SA, right? Nobody asking for any favor. You can prepare wickets as you wish. But you need guts to survive yourself too!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Atleast in India you know the pitches would be dry turners on most occassions. Made dry turners for NZ, Eng, Aus etc.

    NZ made dry unresponsive surfaces to battle Eng. Aus shaved off all grass when hosting SA bowlers. Eng made slow boring pitches to nullify Aus. Aus brought grass back for Eng series.

    While I have no issues with Home teams making pitches for themselves, it is silly how much flak Ind gets for "doctoring" pitches.

  • POSTED BY kunderan on | December 24, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    I think we now have bowlers who bowl as well as any other fast bowlers in the world. Zak back to leading the attack with speeds in the high 130s at the end of a very tiring day speaks volumes about his fitness.

    So, Hesson, I wouldn't be in a hurry to write off India yet. At least they have shown that they can fight overseas and will not be pushovers.

    They have also had some practice and will have some more in facing the best bowling attack of the No.1 team on fast pitches, so they won't be as unprepared as in the past! In fact, we Indian fans are also hoping that you will prepare fast, green and bouncy pitches since we have the bowlers to test the best!

    I am sure it will be a good contest and may the best team win!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Be careful NZL, Indian batsmen are younger & are fearless. A bouncy pacy track is going to suit Indian bowlers too. This is not the Indian team full of spinners. It indeed has some great fast bowlers like shami, Zak, Umesh & ishant, so it may fire-back to Nzl. Anyways Nzl is a place where Indian batsmen have not enjoyed much except in the recent past. So i am quite excited to see how this young team is going to face genuine fast bowlers in fast bowling conditions.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | December 24, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Yes, NZ seamers are very effective on such pitches- this is a normal approach by any country, hardly anything surprising, and there was no need for Hesson to say it out publicly. NZ has always offered such pitches to visiting teams, making it difficult for any visiting team to win in NZ. Yet, if India go in with Bhubaneswar Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Shami Ahmed, NZ batting will also struggle and such a pitch may well turn out to be a game of Russian Roulette.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Well the first test between south africa and india was drawn....india faced world's best bowlers philander and steyn....and india is obviously 10x stronger than west indies..so NZ are the ones to worry...india will win easily in NZ given they have a fully fit Zak now..

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    let them make what ever pitch they want. its their prerogative to prepare home made pitches to suit their conditions. The current Indian Team under the captaincy of DHONI along with young Brigade will counter those pitches. it will be a nice experience. kesav koundinya