NZ coach Hesson wants grassy, bouncy pitches for two Tests against India in Feb

Wellington, Dec 24: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has made his first Christmas wish, for grassy, bouncy pitches in the two February cricket tests against world No 2 India, according to reports.

According to, fresh off an eight-wicket win over West Indies on a much dryer, more spin friendly pitch than they’d hoped for in Hamilton, Hesson wanted to emphasise the point to curators in Auckland and Wellington.

Asked if he would demand greentops for the India series, Hesson said absolutely as they would back their seamers over anyone’s at the moment, adding that they know these conditions as a batting group.

New Zealand were happy with what curator Brett Sipthorpe produced at the Basin Reserve for their innings victory against West Indies, helped by swing-friendly conditions, the report said.

Hesson was confident Eden Park’s new curator Blair Christiansen would also heed his words, the report added.

The drop-in pitch usually offers good bounce and carry but isn’t known for being a green seamer, the report further said. (ANI)