Mike Hesson excited about New Zealand's talent
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson hopes to see the team’s younger talents coming to the fore during their upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
While maintaining that the priority of the team will be to win matches, Hesson also stated that there will be a stern agenda to promote the fresh talents during the series.
"We have got a lot of young players we are introducing, guys like George Worker and Ben Wheeler who are trying to make their way in international cricket," Hesson said.
"Firstly we would like to win a couple of series and we would like to see some of our players further evolve in terms of being solid international cricketers.
"If we can achieve both of those things then we have had a good tour."
The two tours will see New Zealand miss four key players in skipper Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson.
Although the team for the tours that will be led by Kane Williamson is short on experience, Hesson feels it will be an interesting challenge for the depleted New Zealand team.
In McCullum’s absence, New Zealand’s Test batsman Tom Latham gets a call up to the One-Day International side as an opening batsman.
Expressing confidence in Latham’s skills, Hesson hopes that the left-hander will grab his opportunities during the tours.
"Tom has been a bit of a campaigner for us. He has travelled around a lot and hasn't played a lot, particularly in one spot, so I would like to give him some extended opportunities there.”
New Zealand's previous tour of South Africa in 2012-13 saw the team unearth prodigies in Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jimmy Neesham.
Hesson hopes to see more of the same this time around as he expects the rookie players to put their hands up during the tours.
While all the hype is surrounding the South African tour, Hesson insisted that the team’s priority was the tour of Zimbabwe which comes first.
Reflecting on the pitch and conditions in Zimbabwe, Hesson opined that New Zealand’s batsmen will be tested during the series.
"The conditions are quite different and with 9am starts the ball will move a lot more than in recent series. That will bring a different challenge.
"We have just seen India struggle in Zimbabwe so it is a tough place to go and tour so we certainly won't be taking them lightly for sure."
New Zealand’s tour of Zimbabwe featuring three ODIs and a solitary Twenty20 International will begin on 2nd August.
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