19 Feb 2014

Black Caps' gutsy win defines how Hesson wants them to play

6:52 pm on 19 February 2014

The New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson says the drawn second Test against India defines the way they want to play the game.

The Wellington Test marks the end of the Black Caps domestic summer programme and included series wins over the West Indies and India.

Hesson says he's proud of his side's performance to draw the Basin Test when they were staring down the barrel of an innings defeat and giving up a series win, at 94 for five on day three.

The latest result has moved New Zealand up to seventh on the Test rankings but Mike Hesson believes they are a better side than that.

And Hesson says he won't make unnecessary adjustments at the top of the Test order, following yesterday's series win over India.

Opening batsmen Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford didn't exactly cover themselves in glory this summer with Fulton averaging 13.67 in the series against the West Indies and India, while Rutherford was somewhat better with 25.5.

But Hesson's not going to make change at the top unless there are obvious replacements knocking on the door.

He says there's plenty of domestic cricket to be played still, so if a player makes a good case they'll look at him.

In the domestic Plunket Shield four-day competition, Canterbury's drawn with Central Districts in Rangiora, Wellington's drawn with Northern in Whangarei, and Otago's drawn with Auckland in Dunedin.