• New Zealand want greener wicket for second Test


    WELLINGTON: Despite being thrashed in the first Test against Australia after batting first on a green wicket, New Zealand want an even greener surface for the second Test. New Zealand asked for a green top in Wellington, lost the toss and paid the ultimate price as the Australian bowlers exploited the seaming conditions. It only took 48 overs to end New Zealand’s first innings, but as the pitch baked under the hot sun and flattened out, Australia batted for nearly six sessions to set up victory by an innings and 52 runs. With the second Test starting in Christchurch on Saturday, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson would like a wicket so green it holds its seaming ability for at least two days.



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