Black Caps coach wary of ‘phe­nom­e­nal’ In­dia

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Wil­liamson and bat­ting stal­warts Mar­tin Gup­till and Ross Tay­lor.

He will pick a fur­ther six play­ers from the New Zealand A side cur­rently tour­ing In­dia.

“The beauty of an A tour means we’ve al­ready got peo­ple in In­dia, adapt­ing to con­di­tions, so when they come in they should be as fa­mil­iar as they’re go­ing to be,” he said.

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.”

He con­firmed one-time opener Tom Latham would be moved down the or­der and handed wick­et­keep­ing du­ties as New Zealand look for more fire­power at the top.

“It would be fair to say Mar­tin (Gup­till) and Tom, although they have had some really good per­for­mances in­di­vid­u­ally, haven’t really clicked at the top and cer­tainly haven’t gen­er­ated a strike-rate as a pair that we’d like.”

Mike Hes­son

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