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NEW ZEALAND coach Mike Hes­son said yes­ter­day his play­ers need to hit the ground run­ning in India if they want to chal­lenge the world’s top-ranked one-day in­ter­na­tional team on their home turf. New Zealand, rated fifth in the world, play the first of three one-day­ers against India in Mum­bai on Oc­to­ber 22. Hes­son said the Vi­rat Kohli-led In­di­ans showed their po­tency in the re­cent 4-1 ODI se­ries win over Aus­tralia. “Look, their record at home has been phe­nom­e­nal in the last two or three years,” he told re­porters as the team de­parted New Zealand. “You know going over there that you have to per­form, oth­er­wise you get taught a pretty harsh les­son. It’s im­por­tant for us to adapt re­ally quickly.” Hes­son said India pre­sented unique chal­lenges to tour­ing play­ers. “Ob­vi­ously there’s the dew fac­tor, the con­di­tions are all very dif­fer­ent de­pend­ing on the grounds you go to,” he said. “We’re going to rely a lot of the ex­pe­ri­ence of our se­nior play­ers.”

tainly haven’t gen­er­ated a strike-rate as a pair that we would like.” Hes­son added that spe­cial­ist top-or­der bats­man Ge­orge Worker could also be con­sid­ered for the role, while hard-hit­ting wick­et­keeper-bats­man Glenn Phillips was also a pos­si­bil­ity. The 20-year-old Phillips scored 140 not out in the sec­ond one-day match against India ‘A’ in Visakha­p­at­nam two days ago, bat­ting at No. 3.

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