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New Zealand will not underestimate Zimbabwe - Mike Hesson

Mike Hesson believes picking 20 wickets in the slow track of Bulawayo will be challenging.
Mike Hesson believes picking 20 wickets in the slow track of Bulawayo will be challenging.
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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson asserted that the team will not be underestimating Zimbabwe ahead of the two-match Test series which gets underway on 28th July.

The last time Zimbabwe and New Zealand faced off in a two-match Test series was in 2005 when the Black Caps secured a 2-0 win.

Currently, the Test series will be played in Bulawayo and Hesson asserts that taking 20 wickets on a slow track will be a challenge for New Zealand and is expecting a tough contest.

“In Bulawayo, we are expecting something that’s going to be slow and not a heck of a lot of bounce, so taking 20 wickets will be a challenge,” Hesson said after the team’s arrival in Harare.

“Zimbabwe’s bowling attack is very disciplined, so from a batting point of view, it’s about committing to your plans over a long period of time.

“The last time we played a Test match in Bulawayo, it went down to the last session on the last day, so we are certainly expecting a tough series,”

Prior to their arrival in Zimbabwe, New Zealand participated in a training camp in South Africa and Hesson feels that it was an ideal preparation for the series.

“We trained at the Tuks University and it was a good chance for us to get used to conditions that we are likely to face here.”

New Zealand are ranked fifth in Test cricket while Zimbabwe are ranked 10th and despite this gulf of difference, Hesson said that the team will not underestimate the hosts in their own backyard.

“Some of the Zimbabwe players we don’t know very well, we don’t have a lot of footage of them, so we are going to have to deal with that when we arrive.

“But we certainly won’t be underestimating Zimbabwe in their own conditions.”

New Zealand have played Zimbabwe in 15 Test matches between 1992 and 2012 and are currently unbeaten with nine wins and six draws.

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