NZ COACH DOWN­PLAYS AUS­TRALIA TUR­MOIL

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NEW ZEALAND coach Mike Hes­son de­clined to lay the boot into Aus­tralia yes­ter­day after a de­mor­al­is­ing Test se­ries de­feat to South Africa, in­sist­ing their one-day team was a dif­fer­ent beast. Aus­tralia head into the three­game lim­ited-overs Chap­pel­lHadlee Tro­phy, start­ing Sun­day in Syd­ney, on the back of that 2-1 se­ries loss to the Proteas while New Zealand ar­rive fresh from a 2-0 Test sweep against Pak­istan. “I think their one-day side is a heck of a lot more set­tled than their Test side,” said Hes­son. “The one-day side has been in­cred­i­bly con­sis­tent, bar the re­cent South Africa (one-day 5-0 white­wash) se­ries. They’ve been very good for a num­ber of years and are ranked No. 1 in the world, so I don’t think the un­set­tled na­ture of the Test side will lead into the one-day side.” The Ki­wis could take the world No. 1 rank­ing from the Aussies with a 3-0 se­ries white­wash, but Hes­son in­sisted that sim­ply re­tain­ing the Chap­pell-Hadlee Tro­phy would be enough. – AFP

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