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Poor decisions costed us series against India - Mike hesson

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as promised changes in the squad for the home series
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as promised changes in the squad for the home series
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New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson lamented his players' decision making abilities following the 3-2 series defeat against India recently.

After whitewashed 0-3 in the Test series and losing the first ODI in Dharamsala, New Zealand gathered momentum by winning two out the next three matches to set up an exciting final game in Visakhapatnam with series levelled at 2-2.

Despite, restricting India to 269 in the final game, New Zealand succumbed to the spin of Amit Mishra and lost eight wickets for just 16 runs and were bowled out for just 79, handing a massive 190-run win to MS Dhoni's men.

Expressing disappointment over the way the Black Caps surrendered the final game to India, Hesson criticised the players for collapsing under pressure.

"We won two of our last three games, which suggests we did get better, but last night was very, very frustrating," Hesson told New Zealand's Radio Sport Breakfast.

"We have spent time dwelling on it, making sure that sort of thing doesn't happen again.

"When things went bad we made some very, very poor decisions. We expect more of the new players as well as the experienced players in those situations.

"But the reality is, every team struggles in India whether they are from the subcontinent or not. They are incredibly difficult to beat at home."

New Zealand have a busy schedule ahead of them with Test series against Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa while they also take on Australia in ODI series both away and at home.

Currently, New Zealand is undergoing a transition period ever since Brendon McCullum led them to the 2015 World Cup final and Hesson promised there will be changes in the squad for the upcoming series. He also credited Tom Latham and Mitchell Santner for their performance in the Indian tour.

"It will be similar to the last World Cup (cycle) where we will look at a lot of different players then pull them all together towards the end.

"We need to replace five or six key players and have been able to blood some new ones."

The two-match Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan will kick-off at Christchurch on 17th November.

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