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Carter: It is going to be interesting

Bangalore: The three New Zealand pacers, particularly Tim Southee, have performed brilliantly against hosts India in the first innings of Bangalore Test. But Bob Carter, the visitors’ assistant coach, wants them to prove themselves in the second innings.

“We have three young pacers who are raring to go and are looking forward to the challenge of bowling again at the Indian top-order. We are going to go out there and attack the batsmen. If the ball begins to swing early on, it’s going to be interesting,” Bob said at the media conference, at the end of the Sunday’s play.

Bob was all praise for Southee, who took seven wickets. “After being selected for this Test, he really paid back the faith we had on him… I think he really bowled very well to the overnight batsmen today… The way he dismissed Virat Kohli was outstanding. We will never forget his performance, especially as it came on Indian soil,” Bob said.

New Zealand lost a few wickets in a jiffy after James Franklin threw away his wicket. “That happens sometimes when you take a positive approach…”

“James was doing the right thing by trying to get some runs for us,” he explained.

Speaking about the condition of the pitch, Bob said: “There is still enough carry on this pitch... ”