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07 October 201414:59

New Zealand team visits Melbourne

Team visits Melbourne Cricket Ground as a part of its familiarisation tour ahead of next year's World Cup

New Zealand team visits Melbourne - Cricket News

Only seven players of the current New Zealand squad have played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before.

The New Zealand team visited Melbourne on Tuesday (October 7) as a part of its familiarisation tour ahead of next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Only seven players of the current squad have played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) prior to this. And if New Zealand reaches the final of the tournament, they will play at the venue on March 29, 2015.

"It's just the start of a five-month stage for us really," said Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach. "This is the start of our preparation. We don't see a lot of cricket between now and then, so it's just a matter of putting things in perspective. It's a great place to start."

The team examined the indoor facilities, the dressing rooms and a different-looking MCG field, with the turf being replaced ahead of the cricket season.

"We've got a lot of things we want to develop as a team," said Brendon McCullum, the skipper. "We've had a really good last 12-18 months, but we can't be satisfied with that. We've got to keep increasing the brand and style of cricket which our public is starting to jump on board with and enjoy. They can watch us and know how we're going to play and what they expect of us.

"That's great, but we need to keep getting better. We've four months to the World Cup, and we've got to make sure that when we arrive there, we've got performances under our belt."

New Zealand looks ahead to a hectic few months before its ICC World Cup 2015 opener against Sri Lanka on February 14.