x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Ross Taylor looks for courage among New Zealand batsmen

Captain backs Black Caps to do better by taking attack to India spinners in Bangalore Test.

Ross Taylor expects New Zealand's batsmen such as himself and Martin Guptill, left, to attack the India spinners in Bangalore. Aijaz Rahi / AP Photo
Ross Taylor expects New Zealand's batsmen such as himself and Martin Guptill, left, to attack the India spinners in Bangalore. Aijaz Rahi / AP Photo

Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, has told his team that attack will be the best form of defence against India's spinners.

The visitors lost by an innings and 115 runs in the first Test in Hyderabad with the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha sharing 18 wickets.

New Zealand were bundled out for 159 and 164 in their first and second innings respectively and need to tackle the spinners better if they are to avoid a whitewash in the two-Test series.

"It's never easy when you lose a Test by over an innings," Taylor said on the eve of the final Test in Bangalore which starts tomorrow.

"We need to forget about it as quickly as possible, talk among the group and find ways of playing Ashwin and Ojha. We have to be brave and courageous and attack them and hopefully put pressure back on them.

"And when we attack them, there hopefully won't be many men around the bat."

Ashwin picked up 12 wickets while Ojha bagged six as the match finished within four days in Hyderabad. But Taylor ruled out making any hasty changes.

"We gave them faith in the first game and we're going to give them a go in the next game as well," Taylor said.

"We didn't play as well as we would have liked, but this is another opportunity to show how good we are as a team."

Taylor's counterpart MS Dhoni will just try to stick to the tried and tested formula that worked for them in Hyderabad.

"We don't need to be overconfident … and whatever we did right in the first Test, we have to repeat everything and try to stick to the basics and keep things simple," Dhoni said.

The Indian batsmen were not tested by New Zealand's attack in the last match as they posted a huge 438 in their only innings, but Dhoni said the conditions in Bangalore would be different.

"I think they [New Zealand] are a good bowling side, especially on this kind of wicket and overcast conditions. They will come up with good bowling plans and execute their plans well," he said.

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