New Zealand cricket team captain Brendon McCullum has expressed his frustration over the continual checking and changing of the balls in recent Test matches, as seven were tried and discarded in the Basin Reserve match against Sri Lanka alone.
The fluctuating nature of test cricket was never more evident than the last five days at Wellington`s Basin Reserve as New Zealand somehow managed to fight back to record an 193-run win in the second test over Sri Lanka and seal a 2-0 series victory.
New Zealand would need to bring their `A` game back to the Basin Reserve on Wednesday to dismiss a Sri Lanka side fighting to salvage the test series on a very good batting wicket, according to batsman Kane Williamson.
Kane Williamson and BJ Watling were so much in the flow of their world record partnership, they appeared surprised to see captain Brendon McCullum waving them in as he declared to set Sri Lanka a target of 390 to win the second test at the Basin Reserve.
Sri Lankan left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne says he has big boots to fill as he is slowly getting into the groove to bat at the crucial number four position vacated by former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who retired from Tests in August 2014.
India have tightened noose against New Zealand on Day 2 of the second Test at Basin Reserve, kudos to Ajinkya Rahane`s blistering ton and skipper MS Dhoni`s magnificent half-century that came at a time when India was struggling at 228 for 6 after lunch.
An exhausted Brendon McCullum looked wearily back at the Basin Reserve wicket as the sun that had beat down upon him for almost six hours on Sunday was slowly sinking and knew he would need to do the same again on Monday.
Their morale dented after losing the opener, India would be desperate to end their disastrous tour on a positive note when they take on a sprightly New Zealand in the second and final Test starting here on Friday.
There would be no respite for the Indian batsmen from the New Zealand pacers as the Basin Reserve pitch, under cover for the last few days, would be a green, seamers` paradise, curator Brett Sipthorpe today said.
The Indian batting frailties against short-pitched bowling stood exposed in the ODI series and New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on Saturday said the Kiwis will continue with the tactic even in the upcoming Test series starting February 6.
West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has said that his team is not able to stand up to what the New Zealand team is offering in their Test series at the Kiwis` home and that was really disappointing for him.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy had little hesitation in asking Brendon McCullum to bat in the first test in Dunedin and would waste even less time in inserting New Zealand if he wins the toss for the second test at the Basin Reserve.