Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori could make surprise return for Kiwis in third test
Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori could make surprise return for Kiwis in third test

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori could make a surprise return to the test arena as coach Mike Hesson considers taking three spinners into the deciding clash with Pakistan in Sharjah which starts on Wednesday.

3rd Test: New Zealand coach wary of Sharjah conditions
3rd Test: New Zealand coach wary of Sharjah conditions

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson warned his team needed to be at their best to compete on a flat Sharjah pitch where they meet Pakistan in the third and final Test from Wednesday.

Mike Hesson says `improved` Kiwis can now take on top nations away from home
Mike Hesson says `improved` Kiwis can now take on top nations away from home

New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson has warned that his side is improving and have proved they can take on top nations away from home and claimed that the tense draw in the second Test against Pakistan that finished Friday in Dubai had proved the point.

Controversial Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder gets World Cup lifeline
Controversial Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder gets World Cup lifeline

Aggressive top-order batsman Jesse Ryder was passionate about rekindling his international career after he was thrown a World Cup lifeline by being named in a New Zealand `A` team for one-day matches in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Jesse Ryder run-fest pushes Black Caps cause
Jesse Ryder run-fest pushes Black Caps cause

New Zealand`s out-of-favour batman Jesse Ryder bludgeoned 136 from 57 balls against Ireland on Thursday to press his case for an international recall.

Kane Williamson to miss rest of NZ-South Africa series
Kane Williamson to miss rest of NZ-South Africa series

Batsman Kane Williamson will miss the two remaining matches in New Zealand's limited-overs series against South Africa due to a wrist injury.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson extends contract
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson extends contract

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson signed a two-year contract extension on Wednesday in a major vote of confidence for the young Black Caps` mentor.

Pitch and selection headaches for Black Caps

New Zealand are mulling over the Queena`s Park Oval pitch here as they contemplate their final XI for the second Test against West Indies, starting Monday.

Kiwi batting coach Bob Carter joins new `high-performance` NZC role

New Zealand batting coach Bob Carter has reportedly left his job with the team to take up a high-performance role with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in Christchurch.

James Franklin backs Indian-origin spinner Jeetan Patel to make Windies Test tour

New Zealand bowler James Franklin has backed Indian-origin spinner Jeetan Patel to be the second spinner in the national Test squad for the West Indies tour.

Hesson urges Ryder to control `indiscretions` to get back into world cricket

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has reportedly issued a firm command about his expectations and protocols to all-rounder Jesse Ryder, although he has not shut the door on the player`s return to international cricket.

Brendon McCullum stopped a nation: Hesson

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson today said skipper Brendon McCullum`s epic triple hundred in the drawn Test against India brought the whole country to a stop like never before.

Ryder, Bracewell fined over booze-up

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday added a fine to Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell`s punishment for embarking on a late-night drinking spree ahead of the first Test against India in Auckland.

Booze-up costs Ryder, Bracewell Test spot

Troublesome New Zealand cricketers Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell are out of the second Test against India, coach Mike Hesson said Monday, as details emerged of a late-night drinking spree.

Vettori sets May comeback target

Injured New Zealand cricket great Daniel Vettori has set a May target to resume his international career with captain Brendon McCullum saying he should be an automatic selection if fit.

Hesson proud with the performance of Kiwis against Windies, India

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said that the team`s showing in the winter is `as good as it gets` from a coaching point of view.

Hesson promises more short-pitched test for Indians

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.

Black Caps coach facing Test selection headaches due to team`s consistent performance

New Zealand coach and chief selector Mike Hesson will face some welcome headaches when he names his Test squad to face India.

Hesson wants to unleash pace on Indian batsmen

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson on Friday called on his fast bowlers to welcome Indian batsmen with aggression when they clash with the visitors in the five-match ODI series starting here on Sunday.

Pay back India for their wicket ways, says NZ coach

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has called on the country`s curators to serve up green pitches when India tour for their two-test series in February.