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‘Our players have shown courage’

Wellington: Former all-rounder Chris Cairns feels New Zealand must remain hostile to the touring Indian cricket team, by preparing seaming tracks for the coming Test series. However, he backs the off-field support that New Zealand Cricket has offered to the Board of Control for Cricket in India in the controversial International Cricket Council revamp plan.

Cairns said New Zealand can build on the positives of the ODI series by cashing in on the home advantage in the two Tests.

“Two Test matches are what we now turn our attention to. The players have shown their desire and courage on the field during the ODI series and it’s now time for New Zealand Cricket to show the players they are on the same page by producing wickets that will seam,” he said.

“It is not about producing the pitches of 2002/03, they were too green bordering on the ridiculous, but they must place the Indian batsmen under pressure and give our team the advantage,” he added. (PTI)