Taylor wants aggression against spinners
New Zealand captain banks on performance in second Test against India for countering spin
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor (L) addresses the media as coach Mike Hesson (R) look on ahead.
New Zealand struggled against spin in the Test series against India. At the ICC World Twenty20 2012, New Zealand is drawn alongside Pakistan and Bangladesh in Group D.
Both Pakistan and Bangladesh boast of a number of quality spinners, but New Zealand captain Ross Taylor is confident that his side can handle them.
“I think in the second Test against India we were a lot more attacking. The spinners then seemed to struggle against us. That’s going to be our plan against the world class spinners-to attack them,’’ said Taylor.
Taylor informed that there were a couple of injury concerns in his squad, but he is hopeful that all will be well when the tournament starts.
“Kyle Mills had some concerns, but is getting better each day. Brendan McCullum’s arm is improving slowly,’’ informed Taylor.
New Zealand will also be playing two warm-up games against Australia and South Africa in the lead-up to ICC World Twenty20 2012.
“I think it will give us the right build-up. If we can get some momentum then it will be a good preparation for us. Any game against Australia is anyways always very competitive,’’ said Taylor.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, on the other hand, was looking forward to his first ICC event with the side.
“I have had a challenging start in the Tests in India. But we did a quick turnaround in the second Test at Bengaluru. We improved with the bat, especially in our defensive techniques against the spin. The T20 at Chennai got our confidence going for this tournament (ICC World Twenty20 2012),’’ said Hesson.