India in New Zealand 2013-14 December 24, 2013

Hesson calls for green pitches for India Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Jay 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.

  • Vrithamani 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!!

  • Manesh 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?

  • Manesh 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

  • Umar on December 26, 2013, 2:24 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Android 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.

  • ESPN on December 25, 2013, 15:44 GMT

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

  • RAJARAMAN 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

  • balaji on December 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

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

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