Victory to remember
Wellington: The current Black Caps coach Mike Hesson was aged 10 when New Zealand clinched a 2-0 series win in the third of three tests in Dunedin, thanks in part to the last-wicket heroics of Jeremy Coney and Ewen Chatfield. “We hadn’t beaten Pakistan in a test series since 1985,” Hesson said following New Zealand’s dramatic late second-test win in Hamilton on Tuesday that gave them a 2-0 series triumph from two tests.
New Zealand’s test series record is vastly different at home than away, and Hesson felt his side could use that advantage over Pakistan. We know how to play over here.
Beating Pakistan 2-0 provides the Black Caps with a boost ahead of the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series in Australia, captain Kane Williamson says. New Zealand’s chances of backing up their first test win in the second encounter appeared to be fading throughout the final day as the visitors reached tea for the loss of just one wicket after NZ declared late on day four.
But Hesson felt his side never stopped working to put themselves in a position to win. The coach had praise for the side’s two test debutants, allrounder Colin de Grandhomme and opener Jeet Raval, who both played significant parts in the series win.