“We’ll be challenged by this Pakistan attack,” says NZ coach
New Zealand’s head coach Mike Hesson is looking forward to put up some good performances in home after getting whitewashed by India in the three-match test series in their backyard. Kiwis have lost four of their last tests, one at home against South Africa and then three against India.
Hesson, who is hoping for the change of fate, is very well aware of the capabilities of the touring Pakistan team, especially the pace attack they have and the way they performed in fast bowling friendly conditions in England.
New Zealand’s coach addressed a press conference where he said, “I think we’ve won seven out of our 11 Tests at home in the last three years, with a couple of draws and a couple of losses.
You do that because conditions are familiar to you, and you adapt quicker than other sides.”
“We’ll be challenged by this Pakistan attack, there’s no doubt about that. They’ve got an attack that suits all conditions around the world. They swing the new ball, they reverse it, and they’ve got a very good spinner [Yasir Shah]. They’ve also got experience in their batting line up. They’re tough in every condition, so they’re going to pose some challenges for us,” he added.
The picture of Christchurch’s pitch that was circulating on social media was fully covered with grass. However, Hesson believes that the pitch will still be good for batting. He further added that bowling team will have to work hard to get batsmen out.
“The pitch has good pace and bounce, which stays throughout. But I think it turns into a pretty flat surface. It’s one of those surfaces where you are going to need to have resources to bowl a lot of overs, rather than think you’re going to bowl them out in a session and a half. I don’t think it’s going to be like that.”
Kiwis have not defeated Pakistan in a test series since 1984-85 and they will have to work hard to floor them as they have not lost a test series since 2014.
Pakistan have the momentum with them, but, they could not prepare well for the series as their side match against New Zealand ‘A’ was washed out.
Younis Khan has praised New Zealand ahead of the first game, “They have a good bunch of players and they are very close to each other, so they are a good team and we have a lot of regard for them.”