26 Dec 2013

Hesson calls for green tops against India

11:32 am on 26 December 2013

The New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson wants more green seamer-friendly pitches served up when India tour here for their two-Test series in February.

New Zealand were beaten 2-0 on India's dry wickets last year and Hesson says it's only fair to prepare bouncy tracks for the Auckland and Wellington Tests, which might trouble the Indian batsman blunt their spinners.

Hesson says in India they've had pitch conditions change the day before a Test, because the pitch wasn't as dry as the hosts wanted.

He says New Zealand doesn't get any favours when touring and he'd be disappointed if they don't get pitches that suit them at home.

New Zealand haven't beaten India in a Test series in more than 10 years.

The first Test begins on Waitangi Day in Auckland.