On looking at it for the first time, the pitch at the Basin Reserve seemed to be utterly green and full of life. However, as the first test between Australia and New Zealand progressed, the wicket got simpler for the batsmen and the Australian batsmen strolled through to personal milestones.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said that he was disappointed with the pitch and even asked for a greener pitch for the second test in Christchurch. “I would’ve liked this to be much greener than it was,” Hesson said. “It certainly only seamed for two hours and I think that meant that both sides weren’t able to be exposed to those conditions. It’s a bit different when it seams for two hours, it makes the toss a little bit more important.”

“Ideally, you want both sides to have a bit of a crack at it if it does seam. You look at the wickets we lost in the first session they were all from good length deliveries and they were able to get the ball to move off the straight and expose some of our techniques. That’s something we’d like to think if we were in a similar situation we’d be able to do something similar,” he said.

“We had four guys out defending in the first hour. I don’t think that’s mental error; there are times that you have to accept that they put the ball in good areas, the ball seams you’re going to nick it. When the ball seams you do end up playing a little bit wider than you’d like to. We certainly did that in the first hour or so,” Hesson added.

Hesson also admitted that New Zealand’s batting would have to improve for the second test. “We faced different conditions throughout the match,” Hesson said. “We were challenged in the first session and if we were able to get through three down instead of five, possibly things could have been a little bit different. That’s something we’re going to have to get right in the next Test because likely we’ll face conditions that will seam as well.”

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