10 Feb 2013

Hesson: will be a while before regular coffee dates with Taylor

5:41 pm on 10 February 2013

The under-fire New Zealand men's cricket coach Mike Hesson says the Black Caps will move on quickly from Saturday night's 40-run loss to England in the Twenty20 tour opener.

And Hesson agrees with dumped captain Ross Taylor's description of their relationship as a work in progress.

Hesson can only dream of the sort of warm reception Taylor got from cricket fans at Eden Park on Saturday - but he says he loved the standing ovation Taylor got from the Eden Park crowd as he strode to the crease.

Hesson says it'll be a while before they're having coffee together every week.

And the coach insists the team can quickly fix their patchy fielding from Eden Park, which saw five catches dropped.

Hesson says even the catches they did hold seemed reasonably difficult - he's not sure if it was the transition of light from daytime to artificial lighting that caused them problems, though England held all theirs.

Hesson's also happy with the small dimensions of the Auckland venue, which will host the third one dayer on February 23rd as well as the third test.

It's less than 70 metres to the rope for a six hit straight down Eden Park, and he admits it's difficult for bowlers - but as the country's largest capacity venue, the Black Caps have to get used to playing there and he's backing it as a test venue.

Hesson says it also has good pace and bounce in the wicket which will add some good characteristics, so he's looking forward to the test there.