Hesson proud of Kiwis’ `as good as it gets` performance against Windies, India

Wellington, Feb 3: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said that the team’s showing in the winter is ‘as good as it gets’ from a coaching point of view.

New Zealand’s Test squad assembles in Auckland with openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford, wicketkeeper BJ Watling, spinner Ish Sodhi and pacemen Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Doug Bracewell joining in.

According to Stuff.co.nz, a strong showing in the Test series against India for New Zealand may just close the door completely on the Hesson-Taylor-Brendon McCullum captaincy controversy, with Hesson saying that there will be definitely be some confidence within the group to compete in the Tests against India.

However, the coach said that although the current team is a good side, it has a few new faces, which might be a problem in the Tests as it is a completely different format.

New Zealand, with a 4-0 one-day international series win under their belts, hope to ambush India’s Test side on Thursday on a quick, bouncy Eden Park surface, where the red ball swings and they went within a wicket of toppling once powerful England last March, the report added. (ANI)