18 Dec 2015

Sri Lankans surprised by Seddon Park green top

11:30 am on 18 December 2015

The Sri Lankan cricketers were suprised with the wicket they saw in Hamilton for the second Test against New Zealand.

Expecting a dry wicket at Seddon Park, the Sri Lankans were shocked to see a green top.

Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Seddon Park in Hamilton. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The tourists were hoping for something a little more spinner-friendly.

"My intelligence tells me that it has been known to take spin as the game goes on, but I am assuming here that the wicket has been doctored to suit the New Zealanders, which is understandable," interim head coach Jerome Jayaratne told ESPN Cricinfo.

"There is more than 18 millimetres of grass on the wicket."

"I think this pitch will have a lot more bounce and carry than the one in Dunedin," Jayaratne said. "They're looking for a lot of moisture and sideways movement. I think it will be different from the Hamilton wickets before. As the game goes on, it might slow down, but for now there's a lot of grass on the track."

New Zealand won the first Test in Dunedin by 122 runs.

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