Black Caps coach wary of ‘phenomenal’ India
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.”