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Kane Williamson expects tough tour of India

Kane Williamson expects tough tour of India
Kane Williamson expects the conditions to be more spin friendly in the upcoming series.
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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson believes the upcoming Test series against India will be one of the biggest challenge of his career in recent times.

Since 1955, New Zealand have never managed to beat India at their own backyard in a Test series and in the overall 31 games played in the Asian country, they have managed to win just two matches.

In the 2016 World Twenty20 encounter between the two teams, New Zealand spinners stunned Indian batsmen, dismissing them for just 79 in a chase of 127.

Expecting the pitches to be more spin friendly, Williamson urged the New Zealand players to adapt to the conditions as quick as possible.

"It's a tough place to play, particularly in recent years," Williamson said.

"The pitches have been very tricky and you throw in world class spinners, the challenge is very tough.

"At the same time, we see it as a very exciting opportunity. You want to be playing the best in their backyard and the guys are excited and looking forward to the challenge."

New Zealand have picked three spinners in their squad for the Indian tour and the likes of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi are fresh from the success during the World T20. Apart from Santer and Sodhi, New Zealand will also have the variation in Mark Craig.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson expressed confidence in the ability of the spinners but admitted that they will be put to test with the SG balls in the upcoming series.

"All three are keen learners of the game and certainly we're going to put a lot of faith in them in the coming weeks," coach Mike Hesson said.

"But the challenge for us is firstly adjusting to the different ball. The SG balls [which will be used in this series) can be different to what we have been operating with, the Kookaburra."

Despite, the conditions are expected to aid spin, Hesson believes the fast bowlers will have a role to play with their reverse swing.

"It's a huge component of playing cricket overseas on surfaces that aren't responsive in terms of seam movement," he added.

"And they are abrasive and they lose their shine very quickly - you need to find another way. Hence overseas teams are pretty keen to find ways to get the ball to reverse, obviously in a legitimate fashion."

The first Test between New Zealand and India will be played in Kanpur on 22nd September which will be followed by the second and third game in Kolkata and Indore respectively.

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