18 Feb 2016

Black Caps want green monster

6:17 am on 18 February 2016

The Black Caps pace bowlers are hoping for a grassy deck in Christchurch for the second cricket Test against Australia.

Black Caps bowler Trent Boult

Black Caps bowler Trent Boult Photo: Photosport

Trent Boult said he would like to see a green tinge to the pitch at Hagley Oval for Saturday's opening day.

"That way you can get a bit more swing and a lot more seam off the wicket," Boult said.

"If we can control the toss hopefully we'll get in a good position on morning one and put some pressure on them."

On day one of the first Test at the Basin Reserve it was the hosts who felt the pressure after being bowled out for 183 runs on a Wellington green top.

New Zealand's bowlers were then unable enjoy the same conditions as the Basin pitch quickly browned off in the near record temperatures gripping the capital.

Beaten by an innings and 53 runs, Boult says he learned from the way Australia's bowlers employed reverse swing to deal with the benign conditions that developed after day one.

"They got it to go nicely. If there's no wickets on a flat wicket then you've got to look at how valuable reverse swing is."

Boult was unsure, however, whether he or the conditions in Christchurch would be able to generate reverse swing.

"I'm not sure how much of that we'll see down at Hagley."