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Back to square one for NZ batsmen

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/11/2016

Ross Taylor and Jeet Raval will be treating the second day of the Test against Pakistan like the opening morning, says batting coach Craig McMillan. © Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images Ross Taylor and Jeet Raval will be treating the second day of the Test against Pakistan like the opening morning, says batting coach Craig McMillan. It may be the second day but New Zealand's batsmen will essentially be starting the Test match afresh against Pakistan.

The hosts will resume at Hamilton's Seddon Park at 77-2 after rain reduced the first day to just 21 overs.

Jeet Raval (35) and Ross Taylor (29) are the not out batsmen.

The weather forecast for Saturday is better - showers although it may turn to rain later in the day.

New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan believes it will almost be a first day pitch.

"The pitch has been under covers, there's been rain, it's got to have sweated up a bit," he said.

The batsmen would need to be precise in their approach, he said.

"We'd like to see obviously when we are batting the sun, a bit of blue sky come out, that would be ideal."

Pakistan dropped something of a surprise in naming four quick bowlers for Hamilton and dropping dangerous spinner Yasir Shah.

McMillan praised Pakistan's quicks but said the Shah decision was good for his side.

"If this game goes along the five days you would think that days four and five a spinner might be needed and could come into calculation.

"We've got (Mitch) Santner in our side so we've got pretty much all bases covered."

New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0.

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