Mike Hesson laments on poor tour of India, reckons Kiwis will get better
Published - Oct 31, 2016 6:01 am | Updated - Oct 31, 2016 6:40 am
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has lashed out at the performances of some of the players in the recently concluded series against India. The Kiwis were whitewashed in the Test series wherein they seemingly raised the white flag a bit too soon. Moreover, the fact of the matter remained that these players also were thrashed 3-2 in the ODI series despite showing a bit of grit and fight.
In spite of all this, Mike Hesson was quick to point out the fact that the Kiwis had indeed shown a bit of improvement in recent times with some impressive performances in the ODI series. they managed to claim wins in two of the matches and pushed India to the brink of losing their first ever series to the Kiwis at home.
The fact that they were bowled out for 79 at Vizag got the tempers of the Kiwi coach flaring at an alarming rate. “We won two of our last three games, which suggests we did get better, but last night was very, very frustrating,” Hesson told New Zealand’s Radio Spots Breakfast.
“We have spent time dwelling on it, making sure that sort of thing doesn’t happen again.
“When things went bad we made some very, very poor decisions. We expect more of the new players as well as the experienced players in those situations.
Hesson then went on to state the importance of looking ahead in terms of the upcoming series. The Kiwis will begin what will be a massive summer against the likes of Bangladesh and South Africa. However, before these teams make their way to the country, the Kiwis will entertain Pakistan in a test series.
“But the reality is, every team struggles in India whether they are from the subcontinent or not. They are incredibly difficult to beat at home.”
“We lost over 1,000 matches (in experience) from our World Cup squad,” he said. “We have got 36 ODIs coming up and we will try some different players.
“It will be similar to the last World Cup (cycle) where we will look at a lot of different players then pull them all together towards the end.
“We need to replace five or six key players and have been able to blood some new ones.” Hesson concluded.
Black Caps play the first Test against Pakistan from November 17.