Vettori wants better track for third Test

March 30th, 2009 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Jesse Ryder Napier, March 30 (IANS) New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori said he needs a more sporting pitch for the third Test against India in Wellington starting Friday after the second Test ended in a high-scoring draw here Monday.
McLean Park’s reputation as a batting paradise was vindicated as the five days of cricket produced 1,400 runs including a double century, four centuries and seven half-centuries.

Vettori lamented a lack of assistance for bowlers as the game progressed.

“I suppose on most good Test wickets you get a little bit of variable bounce, a bit of inconsistency when the wicket tends to wear away and it becomes more difficult for batting,” he said in the post-match conference.

“But I think on this wicket you could bat on it for another five or six days if you wanted to.”

New Zealand scored a massive 619 in the first innings and then bowled out India for 305, forcing the visitors to follow-on.

However, Indian batsmen fought back with two centuries and three half-centuries to score 476 for four in the second innings and save the Test.

“Everyone wants to see a wicket deteriorate and the spinners come into play a little bit,” he said.

“You want batting to become more difficult as the Test match goes on. I’d probably say batting was pretty even throughout the Test. At no stage did you think ‘this wicket’s getting tough’.”

Asked what he would like to encounter at the Basin Reserve from Friday, Vettori said: “I suppose we want something different to this wicket. We want to give both teams an opportunity for a result.”

Vettori, however, said his side has shown lot of character to put India under pressure after being thoroughly beaten in Hamilton.

“After the performance we had in Hamilton, to bounce back and play like we did here is very pleasing. Though there will be disappointment of not winning,” he said.

“The performances of Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor (151) and Brendon McCullum (115) with the bat and backed up by a magnificent first innings bowling spell, I think the amount of pressure we put India under was fantastic.”

Vettori said he had not taken a wrong call in enforcing the follow-on.

“We had rolled them pretty quickly and had overs left in the day to put them under pressure.”

“We had an opportunity today with the third new ball after Gambhir was out but Yuvraj Singh and V.V.S Laxman saw India through.”

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